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Andrea Nitsche from Cash Matters, says: “Going cashless is not a choice consumers make, it’s a choice made for them by market players."





Andrea Nitsche from Cash Matters, says: “Going cashless is not a choice consumers make, it’s a choice made for them by market players."
A cashless society is an increasingly realistic prospect in the UK as more and more people turn to contactless and digital payment options. But there are plenty of warnings about a complete switch away from notes and coins, with many groups still dependent on cash. Andrew Fawthrop looks at some of the the major payment trends driving this movement, and considers some of the important issues in the cashless debate.

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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.

The cashless society from an ethical point of view









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