South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed a Budget commitment from the government to bring forward legislation protecting access to cash.
The Budget announced that the government will bring forward legislation to protect access to cash and ensure that the UK’s cash infrastructure is sustainable in the long-term.
Many South Shropshire businesses, charities and customers rely on cash, but the number of ATMs across the country is dwindling, as more people move to online and card-based payments.
Mr Dunne said:
“I was very pleased to see the government commit to maintaining access to cash, which is very important for rural communities like those in South Shropshire. Having seen a number of banks close in our market towns in recent years and some difficulties in securing alternative ATMs, I know how important access to cash remains for those who do not use digital payment systems, or cannot at present given poor mobile connectivity, across rural parts of South Shropshire.
I look forward to seeing the form the legislation will take, and how what that will mean in practical terms for those who still make use of cash in their day to day lives.”