Before speaking at this weekend’s Local Government Conference in Nottingham, John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor joined local Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero to campaign against the closure of Eastwood Cash Office.
Teaming up with local residents who are worried about the closure, John and Gloria took part in a photo opportunity before listening to the concerns of local residents at nearby café, Dunn-Lite.
The cash office on Nottingham Road in Eastwood is due to close at the end of March as part of cost-cutting measures by the Conservative-run borough council. Ashfield & Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero has been contacted by residents who are worried about the impact the closure will have on their lives – with the council leaving no means of making cash payments for bills such as council tax or rent available in the town.
Gloria De Piero said: “The closure of Eastwood Cash Office by the Conservative council will mean that many local, predominantly elderly and disabled, residents who use the cash office, will have to catch two buses to Beeston in order to continue paying by cash if they do not want to set up a direct debit or open a current account.
“I have been in contact with the council to see if alternative arrangements can be put in place to ensure local residents here in Eastwood can continue to make cash payments there.
“The closure of the cash office will have a devastating impact on local people and I am delighted that John McDonnell heard first-hand about the impact the closure will have on residents who rely on this service.”
Gloria has contacted potential venues in Eastwood that might be able to provide a facility for cash payments to be taken so that the service can continue and is awaiting confirmation as to whether any arrangements could be put in place.
Following the visit John met with Labour Group Leaders to talk about the challenges facing local councils in delivering services in the face of budget cuts.