SAVE THE CHEQUE CAMPAIGN GATHERS MOMENTUM AS TREASURY SELECT COMMITTEE REOPEN INQUIRY

April 14, 2011 5:16 PM

Save the cheque campaignCheadle MP Mark Hunter has welcomed today's news that the Treasury Select Committee are set to reopen their enquiry into the proposed abolition of cheques 'given continuing public concern about possible moves to phase out this method of payment by 2018.'

The Committee previously investigated the decision by The Payments council - which is comprised of the country's top high street banks - and were unconvinced by the argument that cheques were in terminal decline.

Mr Hunter has lead a cross-party campaign against the decision, focused on the fact that it will disadvantage society's most vulnerable such as disabled, elderly and housebound people. The campaign, launched in 2009, won the support one of the country's leading business organisation, the Federation of Small Businesses, and consumer organisation, Which?, as well as a number of charity organisations.

Mark recently lead a delegation of MPs to Downing Street to deliver petitions signed by thousands of people up and down the country to help 'save the cheque'.

Commenting, Mark said:

"The campaign is slowly and surely gathering momentum. People up and down the country are - quite rightly - outraged by this self-serving decision taken by the country's bankers.

"Over the last 18 months this campaign has gone from strength to strength, and I am delighted to hear that the Treasury Select committee are re-opening their investigation into the issue."

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