Labour would scrap ATM charges in bid to 'save high streets'

By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter, in Liverpool
Charges to withdraw money from cash machines would be scrapped under a Labour government to "save Britain's high streets".
Attempts to stop their "slow agonising death" were announced by shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey with a range of measures - including stopping Post Office closures.Sky News can reveal Labour would draw up a register of landlords of empty shops in every local authority.And the party would deliver free public wi-fi in town centres, for those having a coffee or working in community spaces.

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The plans are due to be announced on Tuesday by Ms Bailey at Labour's autumn conference in Liverpool.She is aiming to boost support for the party in British towns, as leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested a general election could be called imminently.Brexit secretary Dominic Raab insisted on Sunday that "it's not going to happen".Research by Which[/img]
The idea to ban charges was championed by Labour MP Ged Killen, who welcomed the party's announcement."No one should ever have to pay to access their own money," he told Sky News."If any government is serious about economic development in our towns and high streets they need to protect the financial infrastructure people and business rely on."Tim Halford of Cardtronics UK and Ireland, the country's largest ATM operator, said: "While we wholeheartedly agree with Labour's sentiment that ATMs need to be protected, their well-intended proposal would be nothing short of disastrous for cash-loving Brits the length and breadth of the country."Rather than preserving free and convenient access to cash, the proposed plans would do the exact opposite, and force thousands of ATMs to close, rendering entire networks economically unviable.
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