Cash is still useful in some cases but I definitely prefer using card.
Yes, it's legal to have minima, just not fees. I actually prefer a fee (provided it's commensurate with the cost plus normal profit margin) as it gives me the option to pay it and still do the transaction, I'd have gone the other way and banned minima.Is that legal?
I think at least the larger businesses will because many people are still cash only (reducing all the time though), the smaller ones may well not.
I haven't seen shop workers wearing gloves but I went to my local Royal Mail sorting office this week to collect a parcel and the staff serving people were wearing thin see through gloves, the type you might find a doctor wearing.Funnily enough nearly all the people I've seen behind tills are now wearing nitrile or latex gloves... Only 1 store has told me that they will not accept cash from next week. That store's sales person was not wearing gloves!
And others. I was in our local outdoor market this morning, I don't know of a single stallholder who takes cards.Physical cash will not disappear for some time. Too much resistance by electorally significant older folk, and concerns about the harsh end of society where they can’t get bank accounts etc.
Quite right. https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/03/budget-2020-chancellor-poised-to-protect-access-to-cash/ Wasn’t there an announcement in/around the budget to protect access to cash?
which is sort of right - it has promised legislation!The government has today confirmed measures to preserve access to cash that will help protect the millions of people across the UK who still rely on notes and coins.
No, it isn't dead yet. But it's usage will decline more this year than it otherwise would have. The long trail has been shortened a little, that's all.
Actually quite easy if you go with one of the modern mobile-phone based bank apps.I think it's stupid shops refusing to accept cash. It's still legal tender. It's easier to budget when you've got the physical cash in your hand then a card. At least with the cash you can still physically feel the amount you've got left. You can't with cards!
Excuse me? A lot of people in this country can barely afford to buy food and pay their bills, let alone go out and buy a basic £30 smartphone just so they can use online banking. As Jeremy Clarkson once said - what is the matter with (physical) money?Get one. Basic ones are cheap and by choosing not to have one you are shutting yourself out of increasing parts of society.
"Legal Tender" has no meaning for any retail purchase. Shops are free to accept or decline any form of payment they might wish to.I think it's bloody stupid shops refusing to accept cash. It's still legal tender. It's easier to budget when you've got the physical cash in your hand then a card. At least with the cash you can still physically feel the amount you've got left. You can't with cards!
Is a couple of people handling a bank note or a coin really a more serious risk of contamination than hundreds of people paying by plastic touching the same keypad? This no cash thing just looks silly and counterproductive. The sort of nonsense you always get when anything at all goes awry.