Why access to cash is so important

After a difficult week in Westminster, the loss of Sir David Amess, a beloved and dedicated constituency MP, has really put into perspective the important things in life. Sir David was utterly devoted to his constituents in Southend, and while I sadly didn’t know him closely, I do know that we shared a fondness for Westminster Hall debates.

I am holding a debate on access to cash today to talk about the importance of cash in communities, from spending in small businesses on our high streets to support for people who rely on cash to budget. And while I can’t claim to have guaranteed Sir David’s attendance, I do know that his presence will be missed for a long time to come.

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The War Against Cash - 06/10/2021

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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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