- Gerald Jones MP and Dawn Bowden AM work with cash machine operator LINK to secure more free-to-use ATMs in Upper Rhymney Valley
- Fochriw Village Store cash machine now free to use for residents; MP and AM working with LINK to install free machines in Tirphil, Brithdir and New Tredegar
- Closure of Lloyds Bank in Rhymney in January left hundreds with no free access to cash
- Gerald and Dawn holding meetings with LINK to push for more free cash machines; LINK commits to provide subsidies and improve free cash access
Gerald Jones MP and Dawn Bowden AM have succeeded in their campaign to secure more free access to cash in the Upper Rhymney Valley, with LINK, the operator of the UK’s cash machine network, making the machine in Fochriw Village Store free to use for residents.
Over the past few months Gerald Jones MP and Dawn Bowden AM have been campaigning for more free-to-use cash machines in the Upper Rhymney Valley, recently holding a further meeting with LINK to continue their push for more free access to cash in the area.
Following the closure of Lloyds Bank in Rhymney earlier this year, many residents were left with few free ATMs available, facing a charge of up to £2.00 to withdraw cash.
Many local people still rely on cash to pay for everyday expenses, and Gerald Jones and Dawn Bowden have secured a commitment from Link to provide subsidies for free machines in the Upper Rhymney Valley, so people can access their cash easily and without a charge.
Gerald and Dawn are continuing to work with Link to explore options for free ATMs, so that residents across the area can withdraw money without having to make long and difficult journeys or paying a charge.
Gerald Jones, MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, said:
“Dawn Bowden AM and I are delighted that we were able to continue our work with LINK, and secure free access to cash for everyone in Fochriw.
“Many people in our area still rely on cash to pay for everyday expenses, and should not have to pay when they want to withdraw some, or travel miles to find a machine that is free to use.
“Dawn and I are looking forward to continuing to work with LINK to secure more free-to-use machines across the Upper Rhymney Valley, including in Brithdir, Tirphil, New Tredegar and Abertysswg.”
John Howells, CEO of LINK, added:
“LINK is determined to defend free access to cash across the UK in the face of very rapidly declining cash use.
“We’re therefore pleased to have worked with Gerald Jones MP and Dawn Bowden AM to ensure that the cash machine in Fochriw is now free-to-use for the whole community.”