Cards International Article About Going Cashless

Friday 14th February 2020

In this months Cards International magazine ( ) reporter Evie Rusman engages very well with several organisations including the Go Cashless campaign to look at some of the issues surrounding the UK going cashless. In the article it is clear that electronic payments are becoming much more commonplace than cash. The main concern appears to be that elderly people may feel excluded in a cashless society. Some still prefer to pay with cash and cheques and therefore we need to help and educate people to use new technology. Most people including elderly people have embraced mobile phones which also have payment technology . State pensions are paid electronically and most people are au fait with internet banking , shopping and using…

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Now Brexit Is Done Let's Go Cashless

Thursday 13th February 2020

Dear readers Our Go Cashless Campaign has got going full steam ahead now the news is no longer dominated by Brexit. A cashless society , with dramatically more people paying tax , would boost the UK economy by at least £20 billion each year. This could pay for HS2 and create more funding for our essential public services. The sheer scale of the illicit use of cash to avoid paying income tax and VAT means that a cashless UK will be a better , fairer society with far less crime . Why should only honest and hardworking people pay tax ? Taxpayers are subsidising the so-called Black Economy and going cashless would bring this to an end. The time is right as we have…

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Free ATM's Closing

Wednesday 6th March 2019

We constantly hear in the news about more and more free ATM's closing . Cash is never free - the cost is massive and all honest , hard-working people are paying for it. The truth is cash is the currency of criminals and tax cheats and its use is no longer sustainable. We now have many new , secure payment systems instead of cash which suit everyone , every business , charities , children , elderly people and disadvantaged people . A cashless UK will be a better and fairer society with far less crime together with far more people paying their taxes. The so-called "black economy " is subsidised by tax payers and without cash it would virtually…

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London Buskers Go Cashless

Sunday 27th May 2018

Buskers in London are going to accept contactless payments in the world's first scheme of its kind ( report in the Sunday Telegraph). A full-time busker, Charlotte Campbell, has successfully trialled the project and claimed to have had a significant increase in income. She is quoted as saying she believes if street performers don't adapt to the cashless society to which we are heading, then they risk becoming a dying art. Less people now carry cash, especially small change and therefore it makes sense for all street vendors and buskers to embrace new technology. The Busk in London initiative has been set up by Sadiq Khan , the Mayor of London with the technology company iZettle. Sadiq Khan is quoted as…

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Treasury Minister Is Incorrect About Cash

Friday 27th April 2018

In today's Daily Telegraph there is a report that the Treasury Secretary, Robert Jenrick says the future of cash is safe. He claims though the use of cash is declining, it is vital for vulnerable people and those living in rural areas. In fact, the opposite it is true. Banks are closing in rural areas and there are fewer ATMs because we now have many new, secure payment systems to suit everyone including disadvantaged people. Cash is the currency of tax cheats and crime. Vulnerable people are very often the victims of crime. A cashless UK will see a huge boost in the economy with more people paying tax as opposed to evading tax by the illicit use of cash. There will be…

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Reduce Crime And Give Police And Prison Staff Pay Rises

Tuesday 10th April 2018

The news over the last few days has included the rising crime rate especially burglaries which are all too often unsolved. Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary and other politicians have been "wheeled out" to try and stem the news hysteria. The easiest way to reduce crime is for the the UK to go cashless. Cash is the currency of crime and cash fuels increasing crime levels. The simple truth is we no longer need cash in our lives. We now have many new, secure payment systems to suit everyone, every business, charities, children, elderly and disadvantaged people. Some people say cash gives more choice but sadly far too many now choose to use cash for illegal purposes. Some people say they…

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Barrister's Strike Wouldn't Happen In A Cashless Society

Friday 30th March 2018

The CBA (Criminal Bar Association) chairman, Angela Rafferty QC, is quoted in today's Daily Telegraph as saying relentless cuts have caused the criminal justice system to be in chaos. The CBA has warned the prisons, the courts, the police and the probation service are so badly underfunded it is leading to the planned barrister's strike. Cash is the currency of crime and criminals and tax cheats. We now have many new, secure payment systems to suit everyone, every business, charities, children, elderly and disadvantaged people. Such is the sheer scale of crime that in a cashless society there would be an immediately noticeable crime reduction which would be a vast benefit to the entire criminal justice system. Due to the enormous size of…

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Copper Coins And Fifty Pound Notes

Thursday 15th March 2018

There is now a growing doubt over the need for copper coins and a belief that £50 notes are mostly just used for tax evasion purposes. The truth is all cash is the currency of choice for tax cheats and criminals. We now have so many new, secure payment systems to suit everyone, every business, charities, children, elderly and disadvantaged people we no longer need cash in our lives. If everyone who should pay tax, that currently don't because of their illicit use of cash, a cashless UK would gain an economic boost of at least £20 billion every year and suffer far less crime. Why should only hard-working, honest people pay tax?. Cash is no longer sustainable and though some people may…

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Big Issue Seller Goes Contactless

Monday 5th March 2018

"Sorry, I've no cash only got my card". A familiar response to a seller of the Big Issue. This is a common issue with retailers and charities. One enterprising Big Issue seller bought a contactless card reader. Guess what? Sales improved. Around a quarter of his customers now pay using contactless cards and the use of cash continues to decline. There are other benefits too. His sales process is quicker because he's not handling change, so he sells his stock faster and finishes earlier giving home more time. Barclaycard expects charities in the UK will lose about £80m in potential donations if they continue to rely on cash. So the message is adapt to the needs of customers and tap into a…

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Small Businesses Need Not Worry About Loss Of Cashpoints

Thursday 1st March 2018

Naturally the Federation of Small Business Chairman, Mike Cherry, is right to be concerned about any changes affecting small firms ( Daily Telegraph today) . Yet the loss of free cashpoints and all cashpoints is an opportunity for growth rather than an obstacle as the proliferation of new payment systems means people can shop more easily and more frequently if retailers and restaurateurs embrace new technology. Now, with the poorly promoted dramatic reduction of interchange fees charged by banks to stores, means retailers should more readily accept debit cards, credit cards and contactless cards especially for small purchases. Many businesses of all sizes have become more profitable by becoming cashless. The management of cash is a cost burden for retailers…

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