The NFSP has responded to HM Treasury’s ‘Access to Cash: call for evidence’ which sets out the Government’s aims for protecting access to cash throughout the UK.
Responses were sought on the following:
- How the Government can ensure the UK maintains an appropriate network of cash withdrawal and deposit-taking facilities over time through legislation, including the potential role of cashback.
- The factors affecting cash acceptance.
- Whether the government should give a single regulator overall statutory responsibility for maintaining access to cash.
The NFSP’s response made a robust case for Government focusing its attention on the post office network as the solution to maintaining people’s and business’s access to cash.
Our response called for:
- The banks to fund measures to maintain and enhance access to cash through post offices.
- A mandatory, long-term Banking Framework Agreement between the banks and Post Office Ltd.
- An increased range of banking services available through post offices.
- Appropriate and regularly increased rates of remuneration for subpostmasters who provide these services on behalf of the banks.
The NFSP’s response in full can be downloaded HERE