Early Day Motion support for postal billing campaign

Local MP Mike Weir has signed an Early Day Motion in support of the ‘Keep Me Posted’ campaign.

Mr Weir praised the campaign’s efforts to secure consumer choice and protection for the people of the UK.

The campaign is a partnership of leading charities, consumer organisations, trades unions and businesses, who are seeking to ensure that service providers offer consumers the choice of how they receive bills and statements.

It was founded due to concerns over restricted access to paper and encouragement for accounts to be managed via digital means.

It motion calls for consumers to be givn a choice and points out that around 18 million without internet access or have basic digital skills are “unfairly disadvantaged by service providers that do not offer them this choice”.

‘Managing money online – working as well as we think?’, a report commissioned by the campaign, found that consumers who received financial correspondence by post were much more likely to be able to correctly assess the health of their accounts (75 per cent vs 48 per cent for those who received electronically).

Mr Weir said: “There are currently 25,000 people living in Angus and Dundee City who still do not have access to the internet and as a result they run the risk of being increasingly disenfranchised and deprived. Consumers should have the right to choose how they are communicated with and I fully support the campaign in its fight to secure this.”