Home » News » Banks criticised for leaving businesses ‘high and dry’ as branch closures accelerate previous nextBanks criticised for leaving businesses ‘high and dry’ as branch closures accelerateNumber of bank branches set to halve over next decadeNigel Lewis17th October 20160610 ViewsHOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:Banks are increasingly pulling out of the high street, but do agents care?Have your say Join this debate now The number of local bank branches has halved over the past 25 years to just 8,000 and is set to halve again by 2026, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which also says banks are failing to help businesses find alternative banking services.Barclays, for example, announced two years ago that 400 branches were to shut, and currently has 130 either closing are about to close. Many of its competitors are following suit.These worrying developments are revealed within the FSB’s ‘Locked Out’ report published today, which reveals how particularly in rural towns and villages many businesses are left “high and dry” when a bank branch closes.The FSB’s report says many banks are not doing enough to help businesses find alternative ways to deposit cash and cheques, as the recently-introduced Access to Banking Protocol requires them to.Implemented in March last year, the protocol is a voluntary but industry-wide agreement in partnership with government and business interest groups to ensure facilities remain “close at hand” when braches close, and “rebuild trust in the sector”.But the FSB believes that many of the major banks are not sticking to the spirit of the agreement and that the protocol needs strengthening “to ensure banks undertake a proper consultation process, engage with small businesses affected by branch closures and provide appropriate banking service alternatives,” the report says.According to FSB chairman Mike Cherry (pictured) many bank often refer business customers to their local Post Office as the main alternative for banking services, even though the Post Office announced the closure or privatisation of 42 loss-making branches in January this year.“Our members have revealed a number of cases where banks have provided inaccurate details of Post Office branches which have wither closed or moved and hot not properly investigated the range of services available,” the report says.“Post Office in-branch services vary greatly and in many communities this means they do not dater for the needs of small businesses in their area.” HOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:Banks are increasingly pulling out of the high street, but do agents care?Have your say Join this debate nowhigh street bank branches banking services Barclays October 17, 2016Nigel LewisRelated articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
Greensburg, In. — Greensburg Community High School teacher John Pratt has announced the lineup for the fall edition of “Chautauqua.”On November 8 Award-winning country music star Jamie O’Neal. Actress Alison Amgrim(Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie), Romanian film critic Inna Margareta Nistor, paleontologist Dr. Peter Larson, Holocaust survivor Frank Grunwald and Bob Gimlin who filmed the Bigfoot video in Northern California in 1967.Additional guests could be announced soon.Chautauqua was founded locally by Pratt and is designed to bring guests to the area with experiences to share with resident that will enrich their lives.Five dollar tickets will go on sale on September 4 at the Greensburg Community High School or Greensburg Public library.
Edin Dzeko settled any nerves by breaking the deadlock after 64 minutes and followed up with his fifth crucial goal in the last three games. Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure – netting City’s 100th league goal of the season with a quite brilliant solo effort – added further strikes in the dying moments to send City two points clear at the top, with just one game to play, in some style. He looked beaten after James Milner picked out Pablo Zabaleta with a clever reverse pass and the Argentinian set up Toure, but the keeper saved with his feet. City continued to create chances but struggled to find the target. Kolarov fizzed in a low cross from the left but neither David Silva nor Dzeko could get a firm touch. Samir Nasri curled a long-range effort over. Villa finally pieced together a decent attacking move after half an hour but 22-year-old striker Jordan Bowery, handed a chance following injury to Gabriel Agbonlahor, could not turn in Andreas Weimann’s deep cross. Weimann scented an opportunity himself as Villa broke following a City corner but he lacked the conviction to beat Zabaleta and his long-range shot was deflected wide. City fans began to get anxious but their side finished the first period back in control as Zabaleta crossed into the danger area for Silva, only for Villa to scramble the ball clear. Milner then whipped in a fine ball for Nasri from the right but the Frenchman volleyed wide. The hosts looked to step up the tempo after the break but Dzeko failed to control a long Toure ball and Villa, well led by captain Ron Vlaar, hacked clear from numerous other attacks. Silva headed back into the area after Villa only half-cleared a corner but Vincent Kompany’s opportunistic overhead kick was aimed straight at Guzan. Guzan dived to his left to punch away a well-struck Kolarov free-kick from 25 yards. City finally picked their way through as the rain pelted down again as Silva fed Zabaleta down the right and his low ball was gratefully tucked in by Dzeko six yards out. Once Villa were breached, they could not prevent further damage. Zabaleta got inside the full-back again to pull the ball back and although Nasri’s initial shot was blocked by Guzan, Dzeko had a simple job to tap in his second. With the tension finally lifted and the crowd at last in full voice, Toure went close to a third with a free-kick deflected narrowly wide. Villa might have set up a tight finale when Weimann’s header six minutes from time crashed against the crossbar and bounced away off the line. Instead substitute Jovetic made the win comfortable by finishing from the edge of the box and Toure broke from his own half to add a fine fourth. Press Association Manchester City struck four second-half goals against a spirited Aston Villa side to put one hand on the Barclays Premier League trophy with a 4-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. With a superior goal difference to Liverpool, City effectively need only a draw from their final game against West Ham on Sunday to claim their second title in three seasons. After Liverpool’s capitulation to Crystal Palace on Monday, City had been expected to cruise home. That they found the going tough on a night of heavy showers was credit to a Villa side who, safe from relegation, supposedly had little to play for. Dzeko’s heroics, in the absence of top scorer Sergio Aguero, further underlined his return to form and confidence this season after recent goals against Crystal Palace and Everton in the run-in. Title nerves and anxiety in the crowd became increasingly obvious throughout a goalless first half. City completely dominated possession but Villa, defending deep and with five across the back, repelled wave after wave of attacks. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan was well protected after dealing with a couple of early shots. The American was first tested when Aleksandar Kolarov fired at him from a tight angle on the left.
Fresh charges of rape and sodomy have been filed against soccer Star Asamoah Gyan by the 22-year-old student- Sarah Kwablah.Lawyer for the accuser Maurice Ampaw said the complaint was made at the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOOVSU) at the Ministry Police Station in Accra two days ago.He said they will be pursuing the criminal case against the Black Stars captain.Sarah Kwabla is accusing Asamoah Gyan of sodomy and rape after the two had an affair early February.She also claims the soccer star has failed to take responsibility for the pregnancy that resulted from the affair they had.Gyan has not denied having sexual intercourse with the 22-year-old but is accusing the lady of blackmail. According to reports the complainant is asking for a fully furnished apartment, a housemaid as well as a $1,000 monthly stipend from Gyan, demands the soccer star consider as outrageous.But the victim is alleged to have threatened to release a video of the sexual affair she had with Gyan if he doesn’t meet her demands.A case of blackmail was subsequently lodged at the Odorkor police against Kwabla, by Kissi Adjabeng, lawyer for Asamoah Gyan but the case has since been closed.The Odorkor Police told Joy News’ Fred Smith the case was amicably resolved after the woman stated she had no such video in her possession.Just when the Odorkor Police closed their docket, Maurice Ampaw said the Ministry Police has opened a new case against the soccer star. He said the police have begun investigating the matter.Maurice Ampaw is known to have accused Gyan of having a hand in the supposed ‘death’ of musician Castro who has gone missing for nearly a year.