Friday 1 October 2021

Staff at a Beverley bank are said to be shocked by the news that the branch is to be closed. There had been relief when the former Yorkshire Bank branch in Saturday Market was rebranded as Virgin Money. But now the company has announced it will be closed with thirty other branches in the New Year. Union Unite told Beverley FM it was shameful and they have serious concerns about the implications this decision will have on staff and the communities they currently serve, such as Beverley. Fergus Murphy, Group Customer Experience Director for Virgin Money told us that they must continue to evolve and bring digital services to life. He added that customers can use Post Office counters as an alternative and he pledged to save as many jobs as possible by looking for opportunities elsewhere in the Group but anticipated over a hundred redundancies across the country.

East Riding Council has joined forces with health agencies and the police to support Domestic Abuse Awareness Month which launches today. They aim to raise awareness of the various forms it comes in, with a focus this year on coercive control, honour-based abuse, diversity and children affected by domestic abuse in East Yorkshire. Councillor Kerri Harold, portfolio holder for public health and tackling inequalities at the council, told us that it’s a growing problem across every status, culture, religion, and race. A new ‘options advisor’ on the Council’s website has been introduced provide advice 24 hours a day if you suspect somebody else has become a victim of domestic abuse. Full details here.