Chris Elmore MP is showing support for Post Offices in the Ogmore constituency, after attending a Parliamentary event in Westminster to find out how local branches are providing vital services to the community. During this meeting, he also accepted an award on behalf of the constituency for the most cash withdrawals from Post Offices in rural areas.
The event, held at the House of Commons on Wednesday 18th October, showcased Post Office products and services to MPs from across the country, particularly highlighting the access that branches provide to banking services and household bill payments.
Bank branch closures can have a real impact on a community, so Post Office branches have an important role to play in offering both personal and business everyday banking services to communities. This means that millions of individuals and small businesses can withdraw and deposit cash, pay in cheques, and check their balance. And with people keen to pay in their old ‘round’ pound coins now they are no longer legal tender, they are able to deposit any coins they still have into their usual bank account at their nearest Post Office.
Mr Elmore said: “Post Offices really are important hubs for our local communities. With this issues we’re facing locally in terms of bank closures – which sadly is a common trend across the country – Post Offices really are taking on a new importance. I’m delighted to see that local residents are clearly using these new services, given that we’ve won this fantastic award!”
Paula Vennells, Group Chief Executive of the Post Office said: “It was great to meet Chris to talk about the range of services Post Office offers in the local community from everyday banking to bill payments and foreign currency. By continuing to invest in post offices and – most importantly – by putting our customers first, I am confident that local Post Offices will continue to play a vital role at the heart of local communities for generations to come.”