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Link to enable free access to cash for UK high streets

John Howells, CEO of LINK

UK’s cash machine network LINK has announced that it will make funding available for the protection of access to cash for every primary business street or high street in the UK. It is aiming to create new cash points in areas threatened by the closure of Post Offices. In the advent of machines that charge per transaction, UK high streets have been concerned about the loss of their traditional ATMs, thereby limiting access to free cash.

LINK CEO John Howells said, “LINK is determined to defend free access to cash across the UK in the face of very rapidly declining cash use. Today’s action will protect consumers whilst much-needed industry reforms to move to a more sustainable utility infrastructure take place.”

The following news comes after UK ATM Operator, Notemachine stated that it will start charging for every withdrawal across thousands of its ATMs.

Through funding received from British banks and institutions, LINK will establish ‘free-to-use’ ATMs, starting with Durness in the Scottish Highlands. Over the coming months, it expects to install machines in Battle, East Sussex, Bungay, Suffolk, Hill Top in Nuneaton, Tywyn in Wales, etc.

Established in 1987, LINK aims to provide UK consumers with universal access to cash. Their network of around 70,000 ATMs connects the country’s payment infrastructure and enables the public to access their money.

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