Less ATMs, more problems for poor people in the UK

PEOPLE in some of the most deprived areas are paying up to £2 for each cash withdrawal while numbers of free ATMs plummet, consumer watchdog finds.Which? consumer group said freeto-use machines were vanishing at an alarming rate. Campaigners are warning that we risk sleepwalking into a cashless society.

Which? has called for a "clear blueprint" on the future of cash, and wants the Government to ensure access to paper money. Gareth Shaw, head of money, said: "Everyone should have reasonable access to their own money without having to pay.Yet our research shows free cash machines are vanishing at an alarming rate - often in areas where people need them most.

"ATMs are only one piece of the jigsaw - the Government needs to swiftly set out its plans for the future of cash."

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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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