Bank Branch Closures

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:09 pm on 30th June 2016.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Party Chair, Co-operative Party 2:09 pm, 30th June 2016

The trend is towards bank branch closures, and we tend to see that more in areas of deprivation and of the greatest need. Given that in these areas people often face high interest rate alternatives, does my hon. Friend think that we should hear more from the Government about how they intend to create more responsible finance options in areas where bank branch closures are happening—such as more support for credit unions and for community banks, of which there are a number in the UK?