No Cashless UK before 2028?

We have to admit that the UK has become an increasingly cashless society however a cashless society simply isn’t going to work for everyone. As a digital and technology advocate I believe, there always has to be a blended approach in thinking about users and their needs and whilst a digital/virtual solution may be right for some audiences it won’t be for others. For example, Uber is massively successful in London and other UK cities but there is still a huge demand for traditional hail and ride cabs such as the black cabs in London who are now accepting both cash and card payments.

Looking specifically at older people who are typically more likely to rely on cash whether that’s paying for a carer or paying friends or family for shopping. For that demographic it’s a lifetime of how they have interacted with money. We have an ageing population with over 12 million people in the UK aged 65 or over. We can’t just switch cash off to them and tell them to get on an app to go about their business.

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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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