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Post Office Card Account

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what basis charges are levied on accessing a post office card account or a girocheque. (184016)

I have been asked to reply.

Customers are not charged when they use their Post Office card account or cash a DWP cheque at the Post Office. However, the contracts for these two services come at considerable cost to the taxpayer. The Post Office card account contract, for example, will cost up to £1 billion over its lifetime. Each payment into a Post Office card account costs around 80p and each cheque cashed around £1.79. This compares to approximately 1p for each payment into a bank or building society account.