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A Bristol MP is calling for more 'free to use' cash machines in poorer communities. It follows a campaign in the Lockleaze area, where there is only one cash machine, which charges £1.85 for each withdrawal.
The nearest free ones are more than half a mile away, and residents say they're being ripped off.
Local MP Charlotte Leslie is calling on the banks and the government to help.
Richard Payne reports:
A spokesperson for the operator Cardtronics has told ITV News:
Only those cash machines that attract a large number of transactions are able to make enough money to cover operating costs such as maintenance and cash loading, without charging the consumer directly.
Where the ATM is in a convenience store - like this machine in Lockleaze - there is a significant additional operating cost in the shape of business rates, which local councils levy against ‘through-the-wall’ ATMs. In these cases ATM surcharges are used to ensure the machine remains in operation as the rates can amount to many thousands of pounds each year.
Cardtronics is in conversation with both Charlotte Leslie MP and Cllr. Gill Kirk to discuss this particular ATM site and the business rates issue, as well as additional viable options for new cash machines in the nearby area.
A campaign is underway for free cash withdrawals in less well-off communities in Bristol.
North Bristol MP Charlotte Leslie says: "Despite numbering around 10,000 people, the residents of Lockleaze live in what is euphemistically called an “Outstanding Financial Inclusion Area” – that is, a place that is more than 1km away from the nearest free cash machine."
Lockleaze’s only ATM is in a shop on Gainsborough Square, which charges £1.85 for every cash withdrawal.
Charlotte Leslie says: "£1.85 is an inconvenience for anyone, but if you are on £72.40 jobseeker’s allowance that £1.85 a couple of times a week is a massive financial hit."
There's a growing campaign to get cash machines which don't charge to withdraw money in some parts of Bristol.
It comes after a recent study found free-to-withdraw cashpoints rarely serve less affluent areas in the city.
The study highlighted Lockleaze as one of the city's blackspots where residents have to walk a considerable distance to withdraw their cash free of charge.
Local MP Charlotte Leslie says “Many people in Lockleaze are already struggling, it is utterly wrong that they should have to pay so much to access their own money. This needs to change.”
The only ATM in Lockleaze is on Gainsborough Square and charges £1.85 per withdrawal.
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