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MP raising awareness of ‘Everyday Banking’

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CEREDIGION MP Ben Lake has teamed up with the Post Office, UK Finance and 26 banks to raise awareness of the banking services available to constituents at their local Post Office.

The ‘Everyday Banking at the Post Office’ service means customers, including small businesses, can now pay in cash and cheques or take out money from their high street bank account over the counter at the Post Office, helping people have ready access to cash to meet their financial needs and supporting the local economy.

The Post Office has more than 900 branches nationwide, and with 95% of people in Wales living within three miles of a Post Office of people in the UK living within just three miles of a Post Office, there are now more places to bank than ever before for millions of customers. Everyday Banking at the Post Office is supported by the retail banking sector and is complementary to the services available at their branches. The service is available to customers whenever the Post Office is open, which in many locations includes evenings and Sundays. There is no additional cost for personal or business customers, with most customers only needing a card and PIN to withdraw cash and a pre-printed paying-in slip to deposit.

Ben Lake MP said: “This is a really important service for many of my constituents who prefer to do their banking in person rather than online, and especially given the litany of bank closures we have suffered in recent years. In Ceredigion, ‘Everyday Banking at the Post Office’ is available at 50 Post Office branches and has been used 208,135 times in the last year.”

“It is easy to see why this is such an important service to so many, and over the coming months I will be working with the Post Office and the retail banking sector to ensure that this service is developed further for my constituents.”

Martin Kearsley, Banking Services Director at the Post Office, said: “It’s great to have Ben Lake MP highlight the Post Office’s trusted network of 11,500 branches which means we are uniquely placed to bring vital services to local communities right across the country. It’s a responsibility that we take very seriously, and it’s why we have secured continued access to almost every UK bank account through all of our branches, in partnership with the banking industry. So whether there is a bank branch nearby or not, we are here to offer a range of every day banking services in all our Post Office branches. From cash deposits and withdrawals, to balance enquiries, we want to make life as easy as possible; not only for the Ceredigion community, but for the millions of customers and small businesses who use us every day nationwide.”  

Eric Leenders, Managing Director Personal Banking at UK Finance, said: “Helping people manage their money is vitally important. That is why all the major banks offer everyday banking services through thousands of Post Offices, enabling their customers to pay in cash and cheques, check their balance and withdraw money at their local branch. At the same time banks are investing in new technology to give people the option of doing their banking at a time and place that is convenient to them.

“By joining forces with the UK’s retail banks and the Post Office we are hoping to bring Everyday Banking Services to even more customers.”

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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