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Roseanna Urges Banks to Help Customers as Benefits Changes loom

The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire has responded to plans by the Westminster Government to insist that all benefit payments be paid into a personal bank account by writing to local bank managers urging them to help out potential customers affected by these changes.

Ms Cunningham said:

"There are many major changes being threatened for the benefit system, not least the horrific 'bedroom' tax which could cause real and enduring hardship for thousands of ordinary folk.

"But one of the biggest changes for many is the way in which their benefits will be paid to them; from now on all those who receive benefits will be required to hold a personal bank account, into which their benefits will be paid.

"Of course, for some that will be a good thing and will make life easier. I fully accept that but I am also acutely aware that for others it is a potential nightmare.

"I am very concerned that this change will prove to be very difficult to manage effectively for those who are not financially literate and inexperienced in managing money.

"And as several advice organisations have pointed out, some people can find it extremely difficult to persuade the banks to let them open even the most basic of bank accounts.

"I have written to the local branch manager of the high street banks seeking assurances that basic bank accounts will be available to all those who apply for one in the coming months.

"I am also urging them to be proactive in assisting customers in this position to ensure that rent and other bills are paid from direct payments."

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design