Sometimes, in our quest for progress, we shunt into the backwater the tried and trusted. By we, I mean society – companies and consumers alike. Take bank branches, writes Jeff Prestridge, they should not be allowed to abandon communities altogether. At the very least they should leave in place a free-to-use cash machine, although I still maintain that shared branches are the best solution – an idea first mooted by Derek French, founder of the Campaign for Community Banking Services more than 20 years ago. Sadly, like most bank branches, pictured, the campaign is no more. Progress?
Fraudsters continue to proliferate despite whatever we do to thwart them. The increasing importance of the internet, mobile phone and text messaging has given these despicable fraudsters an unstoppable impetus and you could well become a victim unless you have your wits about you.