Kate Hoey MP, the Member of Parliament for Vauxhall, has tabled a Motion in the House of Commons to encourage MPs to support the Keep Me Posted campaign and the consumer’s right to choose paper bills and statements
The Keep Me Posted campaign has won the support of Kate Hoey MP who has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons. The motion recognises the importance the consumer’s right to choose paper bills and statements. If the motion gathers enough support, MPs will debate the motion in Parliament and it could result in greater consumer protection.
90 million transactional relationships between consumers and their service providers such as banks and energy companies are now protected by the campaign’s efforts. On average, every consumer in the United Kingdom has at least one paper bill or statement protected as a result of the Keep Me Posted campaign’s efforts.
Kate Hoey MP, said: “Going paper-free is great but it is not right for everyone. As we embrace technology we must not create new barriers for people to access their financial information. There are particular challenges for those living in poverty, the elderly, those with mental health issues and the disabled, and the Keep Me Posted campaign is quite right to fight for them to have a choice.”
Judith Donovan CBE, Chair of the Keep Me Posted campaign, said: “I would like to thank Kate Hoey MP for tabling this motion which supports the consumer’s right to choose paper bills and for her continued support of our campaign. During last week’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions, we saw cross-party support and praise for our campaign to defend the importance of paper billing. We encourage all Members of Parliament to sign the Early Day Motion and publicly support consumer choice and defend vulnerable consumers.”
The EDM (Number 909) congratulates Barclays, First Direct, HSBC, M&S Bank, Natwest, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Ulster Bank, Principality Building Society, Progressive Building Society, Scottish Building Society, OVO Energy, Post Office Home Phone, Thames Water, Yorkshire Water, Severn Trent, Welsh Water, Northumbrian Water, Wessex Water, Essex and Suffolk Water, Bristol Water, Leeds City Council, Dee Valley Water, Cornwall Council, Edinburgh City Council, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Cheshire East Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Freemans, Grattan and Damart who have been awarded a Keep Me Posted “Best Practice Mark of Distinction”; commends the work of the Keep Me Posted Campaign, which champions the consumer’s right to choose paper bills and statements without charge or penalty; notes that over 90 million transactional relationships have been protected as a result of the campaign’s efforts; and calls on other service providers to follow the example of the 30 banks, building societies and local councils that have already been awarded a Mark for providing paper bills and statements to their customers without charge or penalty.