Attended the farewell drinks at the Rosebud for Simon Tattersall with Alan and Vivien.

 

Took part in the Owl’s mobility scooter day on Sunday 7th September which was a huge success and the Welfare and Information day on Saturday14th September where there were a lot of welfare advisors inc. AGE UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Salvation Army, Family Support and local organisations.

 

As MSR for welfare and services to the elderly I have to report that on one occasion in the last few days the “meaning of support to the older person” was put to the test in more ways than one, ——when I ended up helping a fellow councillor put his trousers back on in the middle of the swimming poll area.  Not sure if this comes under my remit or not?????

 

I am pleased to see at long last the Police have been granted permission to hold surgeries each month – this has been a long time in coming. The first surgery is on Tuesday 16th September at the Parish hall – 10am – 11am.

 

I have been involved in a large Welfare case that has meant using several services being utilised including Police, Social Services and a Care Company.

 

There is a group going around targeting older people, taking money in advance for work, and not turning up

 

Meeting with Barclays Bank on Wednesday 27th August.

 

Present were Jayne Chapman, Vivien Chapman and Des Rowson.

 

We were introduced to Andy Fletcher who is the Barclays community leader and Dean Whiten who is Barclays Market leader Colchester.

 

The idea of the meeting was to get a progress report on what they had promised to do to make the closure simpler for customers.

 

They have hosted 2 tea and teach events with another planned on 5th September.  All sessions were fully booked resulting in 6 people each day being shown how to do internet banking and phone banking. Customers listen to a presentation on different ways of banking and how ATM’s work. Customers were bringing in their own computers and being shown how to use them.

Many businesses have not registered for online banking.

 

They stated that there have been no compulsory redundancies all have been voluntary and all existing staff have been found new places of work.

 

Barclays will be hiring a room at the council office one day a week from Tuesday 16th for 6 weeks. 10am -12 and 1pm – 3pm.  This is to help with any questions on bank balances and internet queries but no cash or cheques will be handled.  This will be reviewed after 6 weeks.

 

Again they went over their reasons for closing and confirmed they have no plans to review the situation and they will close at 12pm on Friday 12th September.

 

As a foot note: Today (Wednesday) Bernard Jenkin office phoned to confirm he has written to Lloyds bank CEO to obtain conformation and a further undertaking that they will not close the Brightlingsea Branch and he also written to Natwest and Barclays to ask why they have not worked together with existing banks to use one premises. He has confirmed he will be working with the Business association and will report back.

 

There is a new campaign led by Derek French director of the Campaign for Community Banking Service is urging the Government to introduce a new style of branch where different banks use the same space and allow cashiers to access different accounts at different banks.  The technology is there.

Jayne Chapman