Age UK comments on new analysis by Which? highlighting poor ATM provision across the UK
Published on 14 November 2019 12:01 AM
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: “It’s unacceptable that so many communities are being left without access to cash. The steady withdrawal of free cashpoints up and down the country shows we are drifting towards becoming a cashless society, with nowhere near enough consideration being shown for those who are being left behind.
“Many older people rely on cash: it helps them budget effectively if they’re on a tight income, pay back a carer or friend who makes small purchases on their behalf, and if they’re not online or in an area with poor connectivity it’s an essential back up if other ways to pay don’t work for them. These are the people who need continuing access to a convenient and affordable payment method that they can trust.
“The Government must work closely with the payments industry to ensure that we have payment systems in place that everyone can easily use, including many older people and those on a low income who are more reliant on cash.”
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