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123,217 of 200,000 signatures

To Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak

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Please make sure people across the UK aren't cut off from face to face access to bank services or access to their cash. Please give the Financial Conduct Authority the power to block banks from closing branches or cashpoints in communities which are dependent on them.

Why is this important?

Thousands of bank branches and ATMs are disappearing from high streets across the UK. For many, losing their local bank isn’t just an inconvenience. Elderly people, rural communities and people without access to the internet are being cut off from vital banking services - and easy access to their own money.

But we have a chance to reverse this trend - and keep these important services open: the government has launched a consultation on how to protect our access to cash. It could include new rules to make it harder for banks to close branches if it cuts people off from services. And they’re asking the public to have their say.

But you can bet that banks who want to put cost cutting before the communities they serve will be feeding in too. So that's where we come in. If thousands of us sign a huge petition asking the government to put in place legal protections to make sure we keep our access to banking, sending a powerful message - and drowning out those who want otherwise.

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