UK: Cashpoint crisis: One in 10 towns and villages could lose free ATMs as banks squabble over fees

Cashpoint crisis: One in 10 towns and villages could lose free ATMs as banks squabble over fees:

  • 5,000 of country’s 48,000 towns and villages could be without a free cash point 
  • Banks charged around 25p when customer users rival banking firm 
  • Fears that free cash machines may soon start charging fees to users

One in ten towns and villages could lose their free cash machines.

Banks including RBS and Lloyds want a cut in the fees they pay when their customers use ATMs run by other firms.

But the operators of those dispensers warn the lower revenue would make the machines uneconomical. The industry association said scrapping them could leave up to 5,000 of the country’s 48,000 towns and villages without a free cashpoint. Campaigners said pensioners and small businesses such as shops and pubs would be worst hit.

‘Anything that jeopardises people’s ability to access an ATM is extremely worrying, particularly because so many banks have closed,’ said Justin Modray, of the consumer group Candid Money. ‘It would be a travesty for those already struggling to access finance if their ATM closes as well.’

Ron Delnevo of the ATM Industry Association said: ‘It looks like banks are scrambling around for some way of getting their profits back, and they’ve picked this. It’s going to affect a vital public service and that will have a knock-on effect for businesses and the economy. People will be furious.’

H/t reader squodgy.

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1 thought on “UK: Cashpoint crisis: One in 10 towns and villages could lose free ATMs as banks squabble over fees”

  1. This war on cash to finalise the collapse of the FIAT system will result in two opportunities, the first will be the introduction of the new alternative by the banksters, and hailed by their puppets and brainwashed morons.

    The second will be the flight by the thinkers into precious metals and cryptos, buffered by interim cash holdings and barter goods.

    The middle class can no longer exist per se, its wealth will be eroded leaving it floating precipitously on the morass of what the .001% consider their source of wealth.

    Sadly the 99% won’t ever grasp how the bankster magicians performed their illusion for 100 years (with tweaks), and that ignorance will probably enable the gangster banksters to re-group and con us all over again with their debt slavery economics, unless we get together and stop it.

    https://wolfstreet.com/2018/02/22/cash-must-not-be-made-the-scapegoat/

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