Scandal of ATM fees in poor areas

Sunday Mirror - 10 Sep 2017

MORE than half of all ATMs in Britain's poorest areas charge a withdrawal fee.

In some areas checked by the Sunday Mirror virtually all charged a fee, typically £1.99. Yet of 70,000 ATMs nationwide, 77 per cent are free to use.

Labour MP Frank Field believes operators are subsiding free machines in affluent areas with profits from poor neighbourhoods.

He said: "This is unjust.

Justice demands a reversal of this cross-subsidy, to protect hard up people from being ripped off."

We checked 10 deprived areas. One part of Clactonon-Sea, Essex - officially England's poorest neighbourhood - has four ATMs and all charge a fee.