Written evidence submitted by Mr and Mrs
As a pensioner I wish to object to the banks
taking this action.
My wife and I organise outings for a Society
who are mainly retired people and send their booking form with
cheque payment to us.
If these people had to use electronic payment
many would not do so and they would be deprived of their social
outings by action of the greedy banks that as tax payers all their
life have bailed them out.
Otherwise cash would have to be sent by post
which is unsafe.
Even if the settlement was made electronically
it would treble the time involved as our Treasurer would need
to check daily what has been paid and then either phone or write
to us saying who has paid whereas we receive the cheque and pass
it to the Treasurer for banking.
The Banks already charge for processing cheques
so we do not see why they should cease the facility, not every
old person has a computer. Indeed when we attempted to do e-mailing
newsletters only 18% of membership had a computer, our membership
is 478 so 392 are penalised.
You may also consider that if the banks retain
the cheque facility but increase the charges this is also penalising
the pensioner many of whom are on very limited income.
We all volunteer for the work we do for the