Cash is essential for millions of people in the UK, but bank branch and ATM closures are making using cash harder every day. The consumer champion Which? is inviting all retailers, large and small, to sign the pledge, which has been launched in response to concerns that cash is becoming increasingly difficult to spend as businesses turn to digital payments, a problem that has intensified during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thousands of supermarkets and shops around the country have committed to continue to accept cash after businesses – including some of the biggest names in retail – signed up to Which?’s cash-friendly pledge, an initiative designed to ensure that millions of consumers who rely on cash are not excluded by the transition to digital payments. Aldi, Asda, Co-op, John Lewis, Lloyds Pharmacy and Waitrose have all made the public commitment to keep accepting cash in their stores, recognising that not all customers are yet ready or able to pay digitally. But this not just about the big boys, this applies to smaller shops as well.
Where consumers see the “Cash Friendly” Logo (shown above), they will know they accept cash. You can sign up for the pledge here, promising to accept cash as a method of payment for those still wanting to use it.