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Reverse Post Offices cash decision, MPs tell Barclays

By Vicky Shaw

More than 100 MPs have urged Barclays to reverse its decision to end over-the-counter cash withdrawals for customers from Post Office branches from next year.

In a letter to Barclays chief executive Jes Staley, a cross-party group called for the bank to help end the "cash crisis" facing their constituents.

The MPs fear the bank's decision, which was announced last week, will hit the most vulnerable communities the hardest.

Pressure has been mounting on Barclays since it emerged that it will stop allowing its customers to make cash withdrawals from Post Office branches from January 8, 2020.

Around 15 million cash withdrawals were made by Barclays customers through the Post Office last year.

Some five million cash deposits were also made, although Barclays is remaining in the cash deposit part of the Post Office's framework.

The letter was co-ordinated by Chris Elmore, Labour MP for Ogmore in Wales, and is supported by MPs including former Commons leader Mel Stride.

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