Lynne Featherstone MP last week met the branch manager and local area manager at Wood Green Halifax.
The Liberal Democrat MP was given a brief tour of the bank before sitting down to discuss some of the bank’s current schemes. The local MP heard how the bank are issuing mortgages to first time buyers – enabling young people to move onto the housing ladder.
Halifax supports the Government’s new Help to Buy scheme, which aims to help both first time buyers and home movers who have deposits of at least 5% to buy a new build home.
The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green also spoke to other members of staff – including a mortgage advisor and another working with Halifax’s bright sparks charity scheme.
After the visit, Lynne Featherstone MP said:
“It was great to see how Halifax is using the Government’s new scheme to help people get on the housing ladder. This is particularly helpful for young people and those unable to save for huge deposits.
“I wish Halifax in my constituency the best in getting this information out to the people in Haringey who want to buy property.”
Rather than have a local press opportunity at the Halifax, a Building Society that de-mutualised and then nearly collapsed, I am a bit more concerned about Lloyds Bank. Not perfect, and customer service has deteriorated, but why is a branch that I have banked with for over 40 years being hived off, apparently at the behest of some Euro-Bureaucrat, into a bank called TSB Scotland with no assets or record of any stability. While de-merging Halifax – BOS might have been sense, breaking up Lloyds is another recipe for banking chaos. Since Lloyds is now heading back to recovery, Lynne would you please find out what is going on, as a long standing Lloyds Crouch End customer, I have no wish to change my bank, or move all my accounts to another branch because of some stupid directive by an incompetent EU Commissioner (or whoever). I am not alone in this concern.
Richard – you can email email@example.com with these concerns – my team and I can make investigations and representations on your behalf from there.