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MPs urge banks to lift ATM restrictions

MPs urge banks to lift ATM restrictions

Category: Banking

Updated: 31/08/2012
First Published: 31/08/2012

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The Treasury Select Committee (TSC) has urged Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group to relax its restrictions on customers withdrawing cash from rival-owned ATMs

Basic current account holders with RBS and Lloyds are currently bound by terms and conditions to only withdraw money from cash machines at branches of the state-owned banks.

The TSC believes the strict conditions could result in banks charging competitors' customers to access their money and warned that a lack of usage could signal a fall in the number of available ATMs outside branches.

A spokeswoman for RBS Group said: "RBS will look closely at the committee's report. We remain committed to offering a free basic account for people who may otherwise struggle to access banking services."

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ATM stands for an automated teller machine or automatic teller machine (ATM), also known as a cashpoint, cash machine or a hole in the wall.

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