Derby Liberal Democrats call for cheques to be saved

January 19, 2011 2:47 PM

Liberal Democrats in Derby have backed a campaign to "Save the Cheque".

This follows the decision by the banks to abolish the cheque by 2018.

Local Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners are running a petition calling on the banks to drop their plans to axe cheques.

Cllr Hilary Jones, leader of Derby Liberal Democrat councillors said, "We have set up a petition for people to sign opposing the banks' plans to scrap cheques.

"Many national organisations are opposed to no longer having cheques cheques. These include Age UK, Which?, RNIB and The Federation of Small Businesses. All have concerns that the banks' decision will hurt the most vulnerable, charities and many small businesses who rely on cheques.

"Many local community groups here in Derby rely on cheques to carry out their activities. Scrapping cheques would be a real hinderance to them."

You can sign the petition to save the cheque online at http://campaigns.libdems.org.uk/savethechequebook

In December 2009 the Payment Council, a group made up of the 28 big banks and financial companies announced plans to phase out cheques.