Tonia has pushed the government over bank closures and lack of access to banking facilities in places like Clydach and Pontardulais. In a written question to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, she asked them what steps they were taking to ensure that the banking industry complies with the Access to Banking Protocol.
Stephen Barclay, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, replied that ‘Decisions on the opening and closing of individual bank branches are taken by the management team of each bank on a commercial basis without intervention from Government’.
“It’s about time the Conservatives took notice and gave Gower communities the attention they deserve”.
Tonia said ‘The Government has given a complacent answer that demonstrates how little they care about the lack of access to banks. Banks can be the life blood of a local economy. You can’t expect town centres to prosper without access to proper banking facilities.
They say that the closing of individual bank branches is undertaken without intervention from the Government. Well it’s about time the Government intervened.
It’s about time the Conservatives took notice and gave Gower communities the attention they deserve’.