Access to cash is getting more complicated

More than 10,000 free-to-use cash machines have disappeared across the UK in the last two years, with one in four Scottish ATMs now charging you to withdraw your own money.

The pandemic has certainly forced us all to take our eye off the more mundane aspects of life, but we shouldn’t let it blind us completely. While we’ve been distracted, it’s been getting harder than ever to freely access our cash.

Does it matter? After all, we can all bank online or by phone now. What with contactless payments and the good old chip and pin, many of us probably can’t remember the last time a £10 note passed through our hands, right?

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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

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