Retail trade associations are calling on Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to act “decisively” in this week’s Autumn Statement to protect access to cash.
In a letter to Hunt, the Association of Convenience Stores, the Petrol Retailers Association, ATM operators NCR Atleos and NoteMachine, and MPs from across four political parties, said: “In your upcoming Autumn Statement, decisive action on the provision of services is needed to ensure the free-to-use ATM network is maintained in the long term, so that it remains available to the millions of people who rely on cash.
“While the Treasury’s cash access policy statement earlier this year kicked off the process, the job to protect cash is far from finished. Much more is needed from the government and the regulator to ensure the UK’s free cash network is adequately funded and protected.”
The autumn statement takes place on 22 November.