Begley raises concerns over ATM charges with British Treasury minister
Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley has written to the British Treasury minister highlighting the concerns of local shop owners over the the impact ATM charges are having on their business.
The West Tyrone MP has said
"A number of shop owners have raised concerns with me around charges for ATM cash machines in their shops which they say is having a negative impact on their business.
"Measures have been introduced to reduce the fees associated with ATMs for banks but this has led to charges being passed on to the customer, resulting in a downturn in use.
"Shop owners have told me this has led to a reduction in their trade as less people are coming in to use the ATMs.
"In any areas, particularly in rural communities, these ATMs are the only ones available and shops provide an important service to local people by providing them with access to their cash.
"I have written to British government minister Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, asking him to look at this issue and introduce measures to reduce or remove these charges for the benefit of customers and shop owners."