‘Save the Cheque’ campaign a great success for people power and common sense

Councillor Ann Holtom

Local Lib Dem campaigner Cllr Ann Holtom has welcomed news that the UK Payments Council has reversed its decision to scrap cheques.

The campaign to save the cheque was driven by Lib Dem MPs, with strong leadership from Solihull MP Lorely Burt, and was backed by thousands of people across the UK.

Cllr Holtom said "I want to say a huge thank you to all the local people who signed the Lib Dem petition to save the cheque.

"Being able to pay by cheque is especially important for our small businesses, the self-employed, community groups and older people in Tyburn Ward and across Birmingham."

Cheques remain a popular way to pay for millions of people across the UK. Over a billion transactions were made by cheque last year alone.

Cllr Holtom added, "This is a great victory for people power and common sense, and proves that the banks cannot afford to ignore the views of their customers."