Ben Lake MP has launched a short survey to seek the views of local organisations, clubs and societies on the services available to their community bank accounts.
Many organisations have shared concerns with the Ceredigion MP that local branch closures have impacted on their ability to open bank accounts, change account signatories and withdraw and deposit cash. As a result, many societies, charities and third-sector organisations are having to deal with increased travel expenses, heightened security issues and cashflow problems all resulting from the lack of local banking services.
Mr Lake said: “I have been contacted by several community organisations with concerns about changes to the way their community bank accounts are being administered and the lack of face-to-face banking services available to them locally.”
“I have been informed that one high street bank will be introducing significant changes to its community bank accounts, including charging a £5 monthly fee and additional fees for all cash transactions carried out over the counter. Another community organisation has explained the challenges they encountered when trying to change bank account signatories, a process that was a straightforward procedure a few years ago.”
“I would like to better understand the extent of the problem for our local clubs and societies, and to this end, I would be grateful if local organisations would share their own experiences by completing my short online survey.”
The online survey will close on the 1st of October 2021 and can be accessed online: https://forms.gle/rYSYHX5Vae3jX7Tb8
Recognition given to long-standing members of Council committee
AT AN Ethics and Standards Committee (virtual) meeting held on 17 September 2021, Rif Winfield and Hywel Wyn Jones were given recognition for their 10 years’ of service to the Committee between 2011 and 2021. A small plaque was presented to both.
Hywel was Chair of the Committee for 3 years.
In their place, two new independent members Alan Davies and Caryl Davies have been appointed.
Eifion Evans, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council said, “Ceredigion County Council has benefitted from a decade of advice and considerations provided by Rif & Hywel. We welcome the new members of the committee and their input to the function of the Committee will be greatly appreciated.”
Standards Committees of local authorities exist to do all that is possible to promote and safeguard the standards that the public rightly expect from their elected representatives.
Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Councillor Paul Hinge, said, “Our thanks go to Rif and Hywel who have given their time to contribute to the Committee and we welcome the new members.”
The Committee is made up of five independent members, two county councillors and two town/community councillors. Meeting quarterly, reports for the Ethics and Standards Committee including dispensation applications can be found on the Council website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk.
Exciting new developments on the horizon for Lampeter Wellbeing Centre
At a Cabinet meeting held on 01 December 2020, it was agreed that Lampeter Leisure Centre would become the location of the Council’s first Wellbeing Centre in the County.
A significant amount of work and investment is to be made at the Leisure Centre which will improve the facility and the resources for years to come.
Over the coming months, as we see the plans and proposals for Wellbeing Centre develop, they will be shared with service users and the residents of Ceredigion.
Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility. The layout will be a reconfiguration of the existing facility in order to provide a Wellbeing Centre that can provide an enhanced range of Through Age Services, including Leisure Services to the residents of Lampeter and the mid of the county.
Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member, said: “We are looking forward to the development of the new Wellbeing Centre at Lampeter. This will provide a range of services to residents within their local community.
This development comes at a welcome time, as Ceredigion Public Service Board is carrying out an Assessment of Local Wellbeing, in order to find out about the wellbeing of local people and communities, now and in the future.”
Lampeter Leisure Centre will be closed during the building works, but during this period alternative provision will be made available for all service users and clubs.
We look forward to being able to share these alternative plans with you over the coming weeks, as soon as these arrangements have been finalised.
UK Government must improve HGV drivers’ working conditions – Ben Lake MP
FOLLOWING his contribution during PMQs on September 8 regarding the HGV driver crisis, Ben Lake MP has raised the issue again, with Minister Grant Shapps.
Ben Lake MP has said:
“Many constituents who work in the HGV industry have come forward to share their experiences with me about the HGV driver crisis. As well as expressing grave concern, they have also shared ideas and long-term solutions that would greatly improve the current situation.
“It’s important that the UK Government listens and gives full consideration to these suggestions and I look forward to meeting with the Minister in the near future to discuss them further.”
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