Keep Me Posted has been ‘keeping Scotland posted’ at a drop-in session held at Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh.
The session, sponsored by Sandra White MSP, was designed to introduce MSPs to the Keep Me Posted campaign and tell them why having access to paper bills and statements matters for Scots.
With ONS statistics showing that 506,000 people in Scotland have never used the internet, it is clear that a large number are heavily reliant on paper communications to manage their financial affairs.
There was a fantastic turn-out and cross-party support, with representatives from the SNP, Scottish Labour, the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and Scottish Green Party all stopping by to hear more about the campaign and pledge their support. Amongst the attendees were Minister for Parliamentary Business, Joe Fitzpatrick, and Presiding Officer Ken Mackintosh. Representatives from our supporters were also in attendance, including Scottish Building Society, Scottish Pensioners Forum and Glasgow Old People's Welfare Association.
Keep Me Posted campaign Chair, Judith Donovan CBE, was pleased to note the widespread support expressed by the attending MSPs:
“I was delighted to visit Scottish Parliament and host the drop-in session,” Judith said. “I had great conversations with all who attended about the importance of protecting consumer choice for everyone, and particularly for vulnerable customers.”
“It was brilliant to see such a high level of support for the campaign and I am confident we can build on this to win the backing of Holyrood.”
During the session Keep Me Posted was also promoting its parliamentary motion, submitted by Sandra White MSP.
The motion calls on Scottish Parliament to support the Keep Me Posted campaign and acknowledge the need for choice in how consumers communicate with service providers. So far 20 MSPs have signed the motion- but we don’t plan on stopping there!
To view the full text of the motion and see if your MSP has signed, please click here.
ABOVE: Bruce Crawford MSP talks to Judith Donovan, Keep Me Posted campaign Chair (left), Keep Me Posted supporters Kerra McKinnie, Head of Marketing and Communications for Scottish Building Society; Sandra White MSP; Karen Moyes, Glasgow Old People's Welfare Association; Rose Jackson, Chair of Scottish Pensioners Forum; Judith Donovan (right)
Want to get involved?
If you live in Scotland and believe consumers should have the right to choose, encourage your MSP to sign our motion! You can tweet, email, call or (our personal favourite) write to them.
To find out who your MSP is and how to contact them, visit the Scottish Parliament website here.