As we know it is becoming harder and harder to use cash with many places going cashless. We believe that it is important for all businesses to accept cash payments, as it is a fundamental human right to have access to legal tender. Refusing to accept cash can lead to financial exclusion and discrimination against certain groups of people who may not have access to digital payment methods or the ability to use them. Furthermore as all cashless payments are trackable it raises questions about our right to privacy.
The Government is currently running a consultation, ahead of a debate, about whether they should mandate the acceptance of cash. This has arisen after there were two petitions on this subject. We are generally opposed to mandates but we feel that on balance the discrimination of not taking cash is worse than the mandate. It would be a mandate to uphold basic human rights and freedoms.
Read more: The “keep cash” consultation and debate that is going unoticed