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BS: Bank Branch Closures

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Subject: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Rain Dog
Date: 03 May 21 - 03:20 PM

Here in Dover, Barclays are the first of the big four banks to decide to close their Dover branch. They plan to close in June this year.

In neighbouring Deal, HSBC are the first to go. They plan to close in August this year.

Have any other mudcatters had bank closures in their area?

I know that banking is a bit different in the US but see that banks have been closing branches there too.

USA Bank Branch Closures - NCRC Report


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 03 May 21 - 03:40 PM

Yes, that's impacted my family directly.
Barclays closed down their branch in the small West country town where my mum lives.

The next nearest branch is in the bigger town where I am.
A bus or train ride away for families who don't drive, like mine.

Coinciding, the long-standing bus route from virtual my mum's front door to mine
was axed.

Do Barclays give a s*** how inconvenient they make it for their elderly customers.

We needed to sort out a transaction on my mum's behalf, and they insisted she attend in person at the branch.
For the usual bollocks security and data protection excuses.
Despite her advancing dementia.

I asked if we could arrange alternative telephone phone transactions.
But Barclays put every barrier in front of us to prevent that happening within a reasonable time scale.

This meant having to find a car owning friend who was kind enough to collect my mum and put towels and polythene sheets down on the back seat,
Because of my mum's explosive double incontinence and leaky pads.

I explained all this to Barclays.
Yet they still insisted we had to drag her into the branch.
Refusing in advance to let her use the in-branch toilet in an emergency.

Then in branch they turned a simple transaction into a lengthy interrogation, treating us as though we were criminal fraudsters..
Authoritarian bastards..

After all that time and duress,
Mum pissed herself on the way out;
and we had to beg the nearest cafe to let her use their facilities.
So she clean up, before getting back in our friends car..

That was approximately a year before covid closed all surviving branches to normal business...

What about the elderly customers who don't have have younger family or friends to help them out in these dire situations...!!!???


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 04 May 21 - 02:50 AM

Barclays in our village closed and the branch in the nearby town are being absolute arseholes with the organisation my wife is involved in. I ditched them for Starling in December.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: The Sandman
Date: 04 May 21 - 03:25 AM

yes,in rural ireland it started happening 20 years ago we have to rely on post offices now so i try to pay some of my bills at PO. to help keep it open
THE BANK IN BALLYDEHOB ,THE BUILDING WAS BOUGHT BY THE VILLAGE COMMUNITY COUNCIL AND IS NOW USED AS A TOURIST OFFICE RELYING ON VOLUNTEERS SUCH AS MYSELF TO KEEP IT OPEN. the nearest banks are ten miles awa but certain days of the wekk there is a mobile van bank


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 04 May 21 - 04:58 AM

I must add that the closed Barclays near us is about to open as a bar and restaurant - a much better use for the building :-D


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Raggytash
Date: 04 May 21 - 05:52 AM

In Whitby Lloyds and Nat West have already gone, TSB telephoned me before Christmas to tell me my branch was closing.

Word on the grapevine is that HSBC will close shortly.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Rain Dog
Date: 04 May 21 - 05:53 AM

I know that a lot of people use internet banking these days but I don't. I still pay bills at my local branch of NatWest and make a point of going in a couple of times a month. Of course nowadays I use the ATMS to pay bills rather than go to one of the tellers. Whenever I do go in there are normally some people waiting to see a teller.

I have been using a card during the covid period to pay in shops. Ordinarily I prefer to use cash. Still use cash in the pub.

When branches close they always say that you can use the post office. Our main post office went years ago, replaced by a much smaller one within a shop. They are always busy even nowadays. Bank closures will only make them more so, at least while the older stick in the muds like myself are still alive.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Rain Dog
Date: 04 May 21 - 05:55 AM

Bloody hell Raggytash, how far away are the nearest branches?


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 May 21 - 07:10 AM

That business of a bank wanting to see my mum in person happened to me at Santander in Bury, where the branch is in a pedestrian area behind The Rock, a long way from any available car park. My mum was completely disabled and the whole thing was a severe tribulation. They would not be persuaded. We closed the bloody account.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Jos
Date: 04 May 21 - 07:40 AM

My nearest bank branch is now a bus-ride away. The Post Office will let me put money into or take money out of a current account, but they won't let me pay my credit card. I have been forced to use on-line banking until the credit card balance is cleared.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 04 May 21 - 07:40 AM

Steve - I did ask if they had staff who could make home visits
as an exception for elderly customers with poor mobility,
dementia confusion and incontinence..

Nope..

Not even the staff transferred from the closed down branch,
who still live in the same town as my mum...

They demand vulnerable customers and their family attend at the bank
just to be treated as criminals...


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Rain Dog
Date: 04 May 21 - 07:42 AM

Had the same experience with my mother and the bank. I did ask if it was possible for a member of staff to visit her at home but that seemed to throw them. I imagine that a number of customers would be unable to visit a branch due to illness, accident or disability but would like the chance to change something.

Of course it is a reminder to try and plan ahead when possible.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: DaveRo
Date: 04 May 21 - 07:59 AM

Yes, plan ahead by arranging a Lasting Power of Attorney (this is in the UK). And - just as important - register it before your parent, or whoever, becomes mentally incapable - which can be tricky IME if the he or she isn't agreeable.

Even then, IME, banks can be bloody awkward.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 May 21 - 09:12 AM

I did that with my mum after my dad died, but after the aforementioned incident. I haven't researched as to whether it would have made a difference. Good advice though. You can't do it if the old person is, say, suffering from dementia.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 May 21 - 09:17 AM

Incidentally, once we'd arranged the POA for my mum it became a lot easier to do things such as pay her care home fees and expenses. With her agreement, I kept her debit card and cheque book at my house, so there was never any danger of her becoming a victim of theft or fraud (and she was so deaf that no-one could ever ring her up!). She kept a few quid in her purse and that was it. TSB even gave me a debit card for her account with my name on it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 May 21 - 11:54 AM

Here in the Land of Oz we have been losing bank branches for years, both suburban & rural branches. It's relatively easy in a big city where a branch might be in the next suburb, but in the regions the nearest bank can be 100km away, so if folks have to travel to the bank in a larger town, they are likely to do all their shopping there, contributing to the decline of their nearby small town/village.

Banks say branch closures no longer a sign of a town in decline as online shift accelerates, but locals still worried ... Bank closures are not a new issue — branch and ATM networks have been shrinking for years. Figures from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority show the number of branches nationwide has shrunk from 5,816 in mid-2017, to 5,173 last June. However, the Finance Sector Union is concerned about an acceleration of closures, with around 300 announced since January 2020, with some branches temporarily closed during the pandemic not reopening ... (read on)

And not everyone across this wide brown land wants to do on-line banking, some areas don't even have decent internet or phone connections.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 04 May 21 - 10:08 PM

Power of attorney...???

When mum was diagnosed with dementia 8 or 9 years ago,
the clinic outreach worker automatically suggested we apply for power of attorney..

I didn't feel too comfortable with doing that because mum had been so fiercely independent up until then.
We briefly discussed it, but she refused to agree with it anyway.

At that time our perhaps naive outlook was that we are a traditional old fashioned council estate working class family:
we've never had to do it before,
why would we ever need it at all...???

We've never owned property and investments,
or had any savings that family can fall out about.
None of us have ever even written wills..
Never needed them..

.. and we were naturally resistant to wasting money being ripped off by the legal parasites administrating POA..

So for a few years I just acted informally,
gradually taking over Mum's financial and administrative affairs..

Things ticked along reasonably ok dealing with occasional essential phone calls and form filling..

Things worked out ok, we got results.

But there came a point only a few years ago,
when suddenly just about every phone call to banks and utilities, etc,
started becoming blocked through demands that I submit evidence of POA.
Petty jobsworths on the phone refusing to discuss anything with me..

This seemed to have happened over night, like there'd been a legalistic culture shift behind the scenes.
What it effectively meant was that indifferent lazy telephone operatives now had a good excuse to avoid doing any work to help us..

Something the unhelpful buggers could add to "sorry can't do it, data protection.."...!!!

Whether family's genuinely needed POA or not,
it seems the unavoidable fees for setting it up
are a nice little earner for for some folks in the bureaucracy business...

Handy for their professional class that they could benefit from a tory government for so long...!!!???

Anyway regardless of our disdain for middle-class legalistic parasites,
Mum's too far gone now to agree to POA now anyway..

So, since social services have recently moved mum into a care home,
we've just got to sort things out as best we can as we stumble along from any new problems to the next....


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Rain Dog
Date: 05 May 21 - 02:59 AM

Sorry to hear that news about your mum from.

Anyone can apply for POA themselves and then you just have to pay the government fee.

Banks and other organisations have got stricter about dealing with representatives of their customers. This has largely been driven by government insisting that they should do more to minimise fraud. I agree that too many organisations can 'hide' behind data protection legislation rather than try to help. Of course due nowadays to less and less face to face dealings with their customers, and more dealing with telephone centres, the problem has got worse. With further branch closures it is not going to improve.

I was going down the route of adding myself as a signatory to my mother's account, rather than applying for POA. That would have necessitated my mother going to the bank to sign the forms. She was unable to do that due to disability. If she had been able, no doubt the bank would have asked a lot of questions to make sure she was not being coerced to do so. I would have expected them to act that way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 05 May 21 - 04:38 AM

It is a rip-off for sure. All I can say is that for the final two years of my mum's life, when. I was her only relative who lived anywhere near her, it made my life miles easier when it came to dealing with her finances. She was never used to handling anything other than small sums for shopping. I had to deal with the money my dad left and the sale of their house as well as monthly care home fees of about three grand, as well as keeping a eye on her savings account and making sure there was enough in her bank to pay the fees. My mum, who kept all her marbles right to the end, was happy to let me do it all for her and just keep her posted. What could have been a nightmare was a breeze with the POA. Sometimes it's ten times easier to bite the bullet...


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 05 May 21 - 04:40 AM

Incidentally, we also signed up for the health and welfare POA which made life much easier when dealing with the care home and her multiple medical issues.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: JHW
Date: 05 May 21 - 06:38 AM

I don't do net banking, but don't need a bank Branch often. Barclays at Yarm is still open but last go there was a long covid queue outside, as one queuer said 'because all the branches have closed'. Two small Barclays have gone in Darlington and the main one is only an arcade. Screens, no counters. Bank excuse is everyone prefers the internet but really it saves staffing, like Hole in the Wall money.
Now no-one wants money, just the magic waving card. So I have no change for machines!
I have got money out of Post Offices, they are to do more banking they say.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: BobL
Date: 06 May 21 - 02:36 AM

Awkward.
My own local bank branch is about to close, which I haven't needed to visit but twice in the last ten years, once to pay in a real hardcopy cheque (remember them?) and once to surrender my expired Secure Key (the gadget for generating one-time PINs) for secure disposal. Nearest surviving branches are both an hour away by bus: at least I'm still mobile, and as a gentleman of leisure, time is the one thing I have in abundance.

The last resort will be to take my custom to another bank. I imagine though that this would be a bit of a hassle, as several bodies individual or corporate will need to be told, and I'm bound to forget someone.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: The Sandman
Date: 06 May 21 - 02:41 AM

its a bloody disgrace


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 06 May 21 - 06:23 AM

It's dead easy to change account BobL - They do it all for you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Rain Dog
Date: 15 Dec 21 - 01:09 PM

"More shared banking hubs will open in UK towns and villages as banks continue to close a swathe of branches.

Major banks have signed a new voluntary agreement which means an independent assessment of local needs will be carried out each time a branch is shut.

These reviews could recommend a shared branch is opened, an ATM installed or a Post Office upgraded. Banks will commit to deliver whatever is recommended.

This should ensure vulnerable customers and businesses have access to cash.

An estimated five million people still rely on cash, and basic banking services are considered key to the survival of notes and coins. For example, small businesses unable to deposit their takings nearby may choose to only accept card, rather than cash, payments."

Bank branches: Rival banks join forces to protect future of cash


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Rain Dog
Date: 29 Aug 22 - 05:14 AM

Due on BBC Radio 4 today at 11.00 Mon 29th

My name is...

My Name Is Chris

My Name Is...

Chris Fox owns a restaurant in Buckingham, where the last bank is due to close.

Running a small business himself, Chris understands that banks will sometimes need to close, but this will leave the town without any banking facilities, and he's worried what it will mean for him, his customers and his community. As consumer habits change, how should banks balance their business interests with the needs of often vulnerable members of the community?

Speaking to friends and fellow business owners in Buckingham, Chris gets a sense of how this will affect people, and speaking to Jenny Ross from the consumer organisation Which?, he hears that this is happening in more and more places. So what might be done about it? Chris heads to Essex, where he visits a Banking Hub and a pop-up bank, two initiatives which might offer part of the solution. Chris is really pleased to hear that government will legislate to protect the public's access to cash, but how would that work, and is there a danger that the remedy creates new problems?

Producer: Giles Edwards


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Senoufou
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 03:13 AM

Barclays is closing many branches around here. They expect people to do online banking so that they can save money on paying staff and maintaining a building. Online banking is alright, but sometimes one needs face-to-face advice and online doesn't supply this.
Also, many elderly folk don't use the Internet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Mr Red
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 03:21 AM

My bank has retrenched to the main town (which Barclays has abandoned). They don't have tills, it is on the machines now. If you have a question there are a couple of people with laptops to answer questions, or modify things.

After years of anomalies with paying-in cheques on machines they still show an out of date form, so you pick-up the wrong one and have to ask!

The GF has to use the Post Office to pay-in monies, regularly!


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 03:57 AM

There's problems with getting holiday monies in Euros, too. Herself has an extensive rant on the whole subject, which really will not fit in this margin, but concludes with asking whether people have read (not seen) The Handmaid's Tale: if cash doesn't exist and everything's done by computer, it makes it much easier to (eg) freeze women's bank accounts, and take over their lives by decree.

Put sand in the surveillance-capitalism gearbox. Pay for something today with hard cash.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 04:27 AM

It’s easy enough to get Euros from the Post Office, many Tesco stores have a foreign exchange desk (perhaps others, but Tesco is my regular store), or they can be ordered online from specialist dealers.

Mrs. Backwoodsperson travels widely in Europe with her job, she gets her Euros from the Post Office, not her bank (which, as it happens, is straight across the street from the Post Office).

No reason to rely on a bank branch.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Rain Dog
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 05:51 AM

I still use cash all the time.

I go to my branch at least once a week. I would say that 99% of the time there are always other customers there. No doubt they are considering closing the branch at sometime in the future. It would be nice to think that they might talk to the customers before they make that decision. Somehow I doubt it.

I do realise that a lot of younger people prefer cashless transactions. A growing number of older people are also going cashless. It is also more helpful for a lot of businesses. There was less use of cash during the covid restrictions but I have seen reports that the use ofcash has started to increase again. When money is tight cash does help in controlling your spending.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 06:54 AM

> or [Euros] can be ordered online from specialist dealers

Herself doesn't do the Internet if she can possibly help it, and certainly not Internet banking of any sort. She's been married to a professional paranoid for too long for that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 07:47 AM

”Herself doesn't do the Internet if she can possibly help it, and certainly not Internet banking of any sort. She's been married to a professional paranoid for too long for that.”

I foresee a time when, unless they live in one of our large cities, Herself and her Professional Paranoid will find themselves with very little option but to ‘do the internet’ where banking is concerned…


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 08:04 AM

https://www.which.co.uk/news/article/barclays-to-close-178-branches-in-2022-18-closures-announced-in-august-akhJO3I4TLk1


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 08:43 AM

Mrs Bonzo is 81 and swears by internet banking, no excuses for pensioners!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 08:48 AM

Both Mrs Backwoodsperson and I do all our banking on the internet (I have no option - my bank’s local branch closed about three years ago). Works fine. If I need cash I get it out of the machine at one of the other banks, Tesco, or Morrison’s. If I need to pay in, I go to the post-office.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 09:36 AM

Situations and abilities vary, bonzo...

Neither of my parents (86/87) cope with Internet banking these days although mum is usually OK once I get her logged on. Dad hasn't managed to make payments for things like his newspaper bill (paid by bank transfer) or his council care bill (paid by card) in a few years and I have to make the payments for him. I have his banking app on my smart phone for this (and do have power of attorney). I do log them both on to their accounts every week or so to let them look through their accounts but also try to keep an eye on their accounts myself in case of anything untoward.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 11:28 AM

I wish the US Postal Service would take on some banking services, it's the perfect location for that and they're spread around through town. But right now we have a man as the head of the postal board of governors who is determined to close the USPS if possible. Even appointing more members to the board, Biden hasn't managed to get rid of him yet. (He can't fire the head of the board, only the board itself can do that.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 11:34 AM

How very strange, SRS! What’s the guy’s rationale for closing down USPS?


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 01:04 PM

Because he was appointed by Trump who wanted to kill quite a few federal agencies and their cognates. Louis DeJoy is a big investor in some of the other parcel delivery companies in competition with the USPS (he's big with United Parcel Service, I think.) He's the one who trashed and discarded the parcel sorting machines in 2021, totally messing up the parcel delivery process. Lots of perishable stuff was destroyed, etc. And still they can't get rid of him, it seems.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 01:25 PM

Aaahh, so it’s about putting money in the pockets of shareholders - the standard Conservatives’ reason for privatisation. Why am I not surprised?


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 02:25 PM

Sounds familiar. Dr Beeching is the one who's always blamed for junking the railways in the UK; he was given that job by the Transport Minister of the time, one Ernest Marples. The fact that Marples's road-building firm was in at the start of building the UK's motorway system is, of course, a mere detail.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 30 Aug 22 - 02:27 PM

Apologies: should have quoted SRS's msg when taking the time to reply to it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Senoufou
Date: 31 Aug 22 - 02:38 AM

Regarding obtaining cash, all the ATMs outside supermarkets etc, and also our local Post Offices, have a limit on how much cash one can get. It's around £100 here. Now there may on occasions be a need to access a greater sum, but if the bank's branch is no longer open, how does one do this? Stick ones bank card into an ATM several times? No, because it will get 'blocked'. I have in the past gone into the bank and managed to get a slightly larger sum from their counter assistant. Not now though.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 31 Aug 22 - 03:21 AM

We none of us trust ATMs (even the ones inside banks) any more: skimmers. Our daughter got money out a hole-in-the-wall once, and someone came up to her and told her that someone had fiddled with the ATM immediately thereafter. She managed to contact her bank just in time to stop her card before her account was emptied.

And I'm aware that "data" is not the plural of "anecdote". But once bitten, an' all that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Senoufou
Date: 31 Aug 22 - 03:49 AM

You're right MaJoc, I don't really trust the ATM system. I'm glad my husband is still 'around' to guard my back while I enter my pin. Sometimes a person behind me appears to be watching and I worry they've seen my pin.
We have a little mobile Post Office that comes to our village for two hours once a week, and the chap who serves is very nice. But naturally, he's limited as to how much cash he can issue. Ditto our little village shop - they do cash, but one has to spend £4 minimum first, which I think covers their cost of using the system.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 31 Aug 22 - 03:51 AM

Scammers will scam and, no matter how careful you are, it’s possible to get scammed.

Here’s another anecdote - my wife’s parents are in their eighties, and they are paranoid about being scammed. They don’t have internet banking, they pay as much as possible by cash, and they pay all their bills - gas & electricity, water & sewage, yadda yadda - at the post office. They won’t have a contactless debit card and still have the kind where you have to stick it in the machine and enter the PIN, and they won’t have a credit card at all. They don’t do internet purchasing.

But their bank account was hacked, and around a thousand pounds siphoned off. Of course they never found out how it was done, but a few months earlier there had been a massive breach of their ISP’s system, which leads one to believe that’s how someone got hold of their bank details. But that’s just a suspicion, and I guess they will never know the facts. Fortunately, their bank refunded the lost money.

No matter how careful you are, or how you allow paranoia to rule your financial doings, you will never be 100% safe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Mr Red
Date: 02 Sep 22 - 01:54 PM

Senoufou
ATMs outside supermarkets etc, and also our local Post Offices, have a limit on how much cash one can get. It's around £100 here.

my bank branch (a bus ride away) only has machine inside & out. When I needed £500 to buy a swish new(ish) laptop - I asked the bank ladies with their laptops how I was going to get more money out. Their solution was to happytap, and increase my limt to £300, and before I could say that was no use they pointed out they had "allowed" me to withdraw twice. Not sure that applies to cash machines outside, though.
I should have paid by card, at least I would have got ½% back


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Senoufou
Date: 05 Sep 22 - 03:36 AM

Barclays have also banned any overdraft for their customers' current accounts across the board. This doesn't apply to me because I'm in the black at all times. But they just aren't bothered about their customers' needs.
And how dare they put limits on how much cash one can obtain from an ATM? It's our money not theirs!


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 05 Sep 22 - 04:53 AM

ATMs outside supermarkets etc, and also our local Post Offices, have a limit on how much cash one can get. It's around £100 here.

The maximum amount that can be withdrawn per day depends on the type of account but the standard limit is £300. Higher limits can normally be set by arrangement.

I see the limit as a wise precaution to limit the damage that could be done by a scammer.


And how dare they put limits on how much cash one can obtain from an ATM? It's our money not theirs!

ATMs are for use by all. How much more annoying would it be, not to be able to get any money out because the person before you had emptied the machine?

DC


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