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Skipton bid to help businesses hit by foot and mouth

Skipton Building Society is launching a national campaign to offer financial support to rural businesses affected by the foot and mouth epidemic.

It is urging banks and building societies to follow its lead to help businesses affec-ted such as farming, tourism, catering and haulage.

Skipton is pledging to suspend mortgage payments to borrowers in difficulties and will allow savers to withdraw funds in notice accounts without charging a fee.

It is using its 80-branch network and head office as collection points for people wanting to donate money to charities supporting victims of the effects of the epidemic.

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