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PMQ1_website.JPGDon Valley MP Caroline Flint has challenged Prime Minister Theresa May over communities left behind by bank branch closures.

The MP reminded Mrs May that in June she had told the Commons she wanted “no one and no community left behind”.

Ms Flint told the PM: “The Doncaster market towns of Thorne and Bawtry are facing closure of their NatWest branches. 

"Two more on top of a record breaking 700 bank branch closures this year; despite the Big Four Banks delivering £13.5 billion half year profits.

“Will the Prime Minister admit that the Government’s Access to Banking Protocol has failed to keep branches open?
Will she restore the bank levy and use some of it to stop communities losing their last bank branch?”

Experts have forecast over 700 bank branch closures in 2017; and RBS recently confirmed a further 199 NatWest branches and 41 RBS branches are to close.

Speaking after the debate, Caroline said: “In March 2015, the Government announced an Access to Banking protocol after a series of bank closures. Yet 461 branches closed that year, 583 in 2016 and now over 700 in 2017.

“While the big banks cluster branches in large town and city centres, our small towns are being badly left behind.

“Bawtry is now losing its NatWest branch, the last bank in the town. The Government could have restored the bank levy and used just a small part of it to keep the last branch open in our market towns and rural areas.

“If what is happening here is banks retreating from towns and communities with less than 10,000 people; then we are going to see even more communities left behind.

“The evidence suggests that 90% of closures are in communities with lower than average incomes; while some banks expand their services in wealthier communities. This is unacceptable.”

Bawtry’s NatWest branch will close on 30 May 2018, the last bank in the town. The neighbouring market town of Tickhill lost its last bank (HSBC) in April 2015. Thorne will lose its NatWest Branch on 5 June 2018. In June, its HSBC branch closed.

In June 2016 Reuters published evidence that 90% of closures were in poorer communities.
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-banks-branches/britains-poorer-communities-hit-hardest-by-bank-closures-may-face-shutout-idUKKCN0Z60BP

On 14 June 2017, Theresa May told the Commons “the challenge of spreading opportunity and prosperity to every part of our United Kingdom, so no one and no community is left behind.”

In 2017, the Big Four banks (Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC and RBS) posted £13.5billion profits for the first half of this year; and £6.99 billion third quarter profits. The Bank Levy was reduced in 2015. This year, restoring that cut would have raised an extra £4.7billion.

 

Caroline Flint challenges Prime Minister over bank closures

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has challenged Prime Minister Theresa May over communities left behind by bank branch closures. The MP reminded Mrs May that in June she had told...

Cf_blue_belt_charter_pic.jpgCaroline Flint has backed a call for the UK to be global leader in the protection of our oceans and the wildlife that depend on them.

The Don Valley MP has signed the Blue Belt Charter, promoted by the Great British Oceans Coalition, urging the UK Government to set an example in ocean conservation.

Said Caroline: “Over 12million people watched the first episode of Blue Planet II, but many viewers do not realise that the UK’s own overseas territories, support some of the richest marine life, coral reefs and wildlife in the world.

“It is UK territories that are home to a quarter of the world’s penguins, and to whales and turtles. Through concerted action to protect the seas around these territories – such as Ascension Island, St Helena and the South Sandwich Islands – the UK has influence over the fifth largest marine estate in the world.

“I’ve signed the Blue belt Charter to commit to extending great protection to the exceptional waters around these islands. If the UK, working with our overseas territories, achieves marine protection for these waters – over 2million sq. kilometres in all - we will have shown real world leadership.”

Read Caroline’ pledge HERE.

Caroline backs Blue Belt Charter to protect our oceans

Caroline Flint has backed a call for the UK to be global leader in the protection of our oceans and the wildlife that depend on them. The Don Valley MP...

Caroline_Flint_MP_Secret_Life_of_us1217_cropped.JPGCaroline Flint MP pledged her support for families with disabled children.

This week the MP joined parents and children visiting parliament with the Disabled Children’s Partnership, a coalition of more than 50 disability and children’s charities working to improve health and social care services for families with disabled children.

Caroline said: “The event organised by the Disabled Children’s Partnership was a great opportunity to meet with families and learn more about the realities of caring for disabled children - and why good quality health and social care services are so essential for the health and wellbeing of their family.

“I am delighted to support the Disabled Children’s Partnership’s 5 step plan to help address the growing crisis in health and social care services for disabled children and their families. The 5 steps includes a reviewing funding of respite provision for disabled children and families.

“These services provide a lifeline for many families and often it’s quite basic services such as short breaks or equipment and adaptations to the home, that help them stay together, work and have a quality of life most families take for granted. Families with disabled children give back to our community and economy in so many different ways and that’s why I’m proud to pledge my support for them today.”

Amanda Batten, Chief Executive of Contact and chair of the Disabled Children’s Partnership, said: “Families with disabled children face four big challenges: There are not enough services, many of those that exist are not good enough, families cannot access them easily, and services do not always work together and communicate well with each other. Our 5 step plan marks the next phase of the Disabled Children’s Partnership’s Secret Life of Us campaign and pushes for real change while shining a light on the challenges that families with disabled face and the changes we want to see to help overcome them.”

The Disabled Children’s Partnership 5 step plan includes:
Step 1 Make disabled children a priority: Provide ministerial leadership to ensure a cross-departmental approach to improving outcomes for disabled children and their families.
Step 2 Review current funding: Review funding of short breaks provision for disabled children and families.
Step 3 Clarify existing rights: Clarify current rights and entitlements by co-producing with families guidance for local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on their existing statutory obligations.
Step 4 Create a Fund: Improve health and social care services for disabled children by providing an early intervention and family resilience fund.
Step 5 Change the system: Commission a review of health and social care law, to strengthen and clarify rights and entitlements for disabled children and their families

Said Caroline: “Too many people don’t understand the challenges families of disabled children often face. The Secret Life of Us campaign is to help share the experiences of disabled children and their families, so more people appreciate the services and support they need.”

 

Caroline pledges to help improve health and social care services for families with disabled children

Caroline Flint MP pledged her support for families with disabled children. This week the MP joined parents and children visiting parliament with the Disabled Children’s Partnership, a coalition of more...


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