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Access to Cash: Wantage Bank is playing the Cashless Card





Research from consumer champion Which? has shown a sharp decline in the number of bank branches open in areas across much of the UK compared to seven years ago.

According to figures up to the end of April, 11 banks have been shuttered in Wantage since the start of 2015, leaving nine remaining in the area.
Separate figures from LINK, a cash machine network, show there has also been a decline in the number of free-to-use ATMs across the UK in recent years. Their data shows that between the start of 2018 and early March this year, the number of ATMs in Wantage dropped from 78 to 48.

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