ANOTHER week, another vote on Brexit. At least that is supposed to be the plan.

If the Prime Minister keeps to the timetable set out last month, by the time you read this column the way forward on Brexit should finally be a little clearer. However, I won’t hold my breath because, as we know, Mrs May has a habit of changing her mind.

While the focus remains firmly on Brexit, other political developments continue in the background. One that did receive some attention last week was the publication of the Access to Cash Review’s final report and recommendations. The review, which considered the UK’s need for cash in the future, concluded that digital payments do not yet work for everyone and that around eight million adults would struggle to cope in a cashless society.

This is an important and timely message. Of course, in an increasingly digital society it is undeniable that the way in which people pay for goods and services has changed rapidly. In many ways this is positive, but we are also seeing some negative consequences, such as the closure of bank branches.

The review recommends that consumers should have a guarantee that they can access and use cash for as long as they need it. This is essential to avoid excluding those who are unable or unwilling to use alternatives to cash. It also demonstrates the importance of retaining access to cashpoints, a campaign my fellow Scottish Labour MP Ged Killen has been leading on.

Something similar happened with cheques a few years ago when plans to phase them out by 2018 were reversed. There is also an ongoing battle, led by the excellent Keep Me Posted campaign, on the right of consumers to choose, without disadvantage, how they are contacted by banks, utility companies and other service providers. I will continue to support consumer choice on these matters and always seek to ensure that the most vulnerable consumers do not lose out.