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Good Citizens Should Stop Paying Cash-In-Hand

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Matthew Taylor, who is Theresa May's employment adviser has suggested paying cash-in-hand for employment is costing the UK £6billion a year through tax cheating and good citizens should stop this practice. He has criticised people for paying tradesmen in cash to obtain discounts because this can often lead to VAT fraud. Meanwhile, David Green from the think tank Civitas has said any attempts to discourage cash is "overkill" according to an article in today's Daily Telegraph by Jack Maidment and Christopher Hope. David Green maybe missing the point that cash is also the currency of criminals and terrorists in addition to tax and VAT fraudsters. If cash had been invented today nobody would think it was a good idea as we now have…

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Doctors In Cash For Drugs Scandal

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Drug companies are giving GPs more cash and hospitality than ever rising to £116 million in 2016 according to Henry Bodkin's article in the Daily Telegraph (1st July). Some Doctors voluntarily declare these "gifts" with Disclosure UK though over a third of GPs do not disclose the amounts. This information has been released by the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). These inducements ( bribes) are aimed at encouraging medical staff to prescribe the brand of the drug manufacturer which is often a more expensive version than would normally be used. This is a shocking state of affairs and while the vast majority of Doctors and medical staff are brilliantly committed to caring for people, clearly many are "at it"! This is a potential…

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Bank Of England Distributes More Cash For Criminals

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The Bank of England reports increases in the issuing of cash despite the rising use of non-cash payment mechanisms. Contactless, mobile and App based payments are rising rapidly and if there exists a shortage of cash it is probably because cash is the currency of criminals, cash is the currency of tax cheats and cash is the currency of terrorists. Although the increased demand on cash could be because it is being saved there is little evidence this is the case. We no longer need cash as there are many new,secure payment methods to suit everyone, every business, charities, children, elderly and disadvantaged people. A cashless society would be fairer, more secure and with far less crime. Such is the sheer scale of…

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Church To Follow Charities' Success With Contactless Donations

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Olivia Rudgard reports in today's Sunday Telegraph the Church of England will roll-out a trial using contactless payment mechanisms to replace the collection plate. Church leaders recognise the decline in the use of cash and are inspired by recent successful trials by leading charities. The Go Cashless campaign has always maintained people would be more generous with contactless payment donations rather than putting cash in a can. As predicted by this campaign Oxfam, NSPCC, Barnarados and The Royal British Legion all proved people donated three times more on average using contactless payment methods as opposed to cash. This also saves the time of counting and managing cash, prevents cash "shrinkage" and means the donations go instantly into the charities bank. No wonder the Church of…

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Manifesto Black Holes In Funding Filled By Cashless Society

Friday, May 26th, 2017

The Go Cashless Campaign is a not for profit organisation and also has no political leanings though in reality this could be reviewed if one or more political parties officially recognises how a cashless society will benefit everyone. Cash is currency of criminals, terrorists and tax cheats and we no longer need cash as there are many new payment methods to suit everyone, every business, charities, children, elderly and disadvantaged people. If all those who should pay tax paid their share of income tax and VAT the UK economy would benefit by at least £20 billion annually together with the estimated 1% of GDP currently spent on cash management and cash security by retailers, banks etc. Therefore a cashless society would provide…

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Debit Card Payments Soon to Outstrip Cash

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Payments UK, the association for the payments industry, have said the use of debit cards will overtake the use of cash by next year. Their figures indicate in 2018 there will be 13.4 billion debit card transactions and 13.3 billion made by cash, as reported in today's Daily Telegraph. Together with all the new payment technology, PayPal, Apple Pay, bank card Contactless, Mobile Payments and many emerging payment methods, cash is doomed as we inexorably head towards a cashless society. Cash is the currency of criminals, terrorists and tax cheats and we no longer need it. If everyone who should pay tax did pay their share of income tax and VAT there could be greater funding for essential services. The illicit…

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Apple Pay Makes Progress To Cashless Society

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

James Titcomb's article in today's business section of The Daily Telegraph reports the great progress made by Apple Pay as thousands more retailers are able to accept payments using this technology. It is another important and vital step towards a cashless society and allows more secure, higher value transactions than bank card contactless payments. The article also states half of all retailers that are able to accept contactless payments now accept Apple Pay according to Jennifer Bailey, head of Apple's payment business. Cash is the currency of criminals, terrorists and tax thieves working within the black economy. If everyone who should pay tax actually did pay tax the UK would have billions of pounds each year enabling extra funding for essential public…

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BBC Radio 4 You And Yours Discuss Cash And Paper Five Pound Notes

Friday, May 5th, 2017

On today's BBC Radio 4 programme, You and Yours there was a discussion about how the paper five pound notes have now ceased to be legal tender. It gave an interesting history of the bank notes which were originally hand drawn on paper though proved easy to counterfeit. It was only in the 1970's pictures of great historical figures were included like the Duke of Wellington in an attempt to make the notes even harder to forge. The question was posed on the programme about would it ever be possible for the UK to become cashless with the answer being that cash is very simple to use, very convenient and non-traceable all of which, so programme said, makes cash attractive. Cash…

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BBC Breakfast - Is The Financial Times Turning A Blind Eye To Tax Evasion ?

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

On Today's BBC Breakfast programme Claer Barrett, the F.T. Personal Finance Editor was interviewed about the benefits of contactless payments. At the end of the interview Barrett told BBC viewers that some cash would always be needed to pay cleaners and gardeners as those payments wouldn't want to be traced. Is the FT turning a blind eye to tax evasion ? The simple fact is cash is the currency of tax cheats and criminals. Why should only honest, hard working people pay tax? In a cashless society, with dramatically more people paying tax it would be a fairer and better place without honest people having to subsidise tax cheats and criminals. We now have many new, secure payment systems to suit everyone, every business, charities,…

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Ken Barlow Burns Drug Cash In Coronation Street

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

In last night's episode of Coronation Street, in the closing scene, Ken Barlow set alight the cash his son Adam had made out of a drug deal with cocaine. ( Apologies to any viewer who is yet to see the episode !) Cash is the currency of drug dealers, all criminals including terrorists and tax fraudsters for which all honest, hard-working people pay. We no longer need cash as we have a variety of new, secure and traceable payment systems to suit everyone, every business, charities, children, elderly and disadvantaged people. In a cashless society the UK would see a dramatic reduction in crime which in turn would ease the pressure on the police, prison, prison staff and the whole criminal justice system. How…

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