The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is urging retailers in all sectors and local authorities across the United Kingdom to recognise, acknowledge and to promote the use of cash as a safe choice of payment during and after the COVID-19 crisis.
BSIA believes cash payment is safe and according to a recent reports by organisations such as the British Retail Consortium and the World Health Organisation, there is little or any evidence that using cash can spread Corona virus,
Sarah Staff, Head of SaferCash, BSIA said:
“Over two million adults remain un banked in Britain, some by choice, some by access. An estimated 1.9 million rely on cash for nearly every transaction they make, and eight million would struggle in a cashless society. Our Cash is a Safe Choice report shows we are not yet – if ever – ready to be ‘cashless’, as many media reports are referencing.
“The public are being swayed with constant marketing and reminders to pay by card to ditch cash, shop online and keep things digital. But how does this leave these communities who not only rely on cash but the many who also use cash as alternative payment? Taking away cash is taking away choice of a valid transactional method, and we are calling on all retailers and local authorities to pull back from taking hard currency out of the equation and to put into place information that supports this.”