New research from LINK shows growing concern on cash acceptance
New research published today by LINK, the UK’s cash access and ATM network, shows nearly half (45%) of people have been somewhere where cash has not been accepted, or has been discouraged. In the past eight weeks, the locations where cash acceptance has been the most limited has been car parks, cafes and restaurants as well as on public transport.
With more consumers preferring to pay using contactless cards and digital payments, 47% of those affected said this caused them no inconvenience. However, 49% said being unable or being discouraged to pay in cash was inconvenient.
In terms of parts of the country where people have experienced instances of a lack of cash acceptance, perhaps unsurprisingly, London came out top as a location (55%). The average for England is 46%, for Wales 43%, and 42% for Northern Ireland and Scotland. The lowest region overall was in the North East of England at 36%.
Since the first lockdown, LINK has regularly conducted research to understand people’s attitude towards cash use through the pandemic and now into the cost-of-living crisis. From the most recent data, the other key headlines include:
ATM volumes since the pandemic are on average down by 40%. While people are visiting ATMs less frequently, LINK’s research shows they’re on average taking out more cash when they do visit. Around £1.6bn is withdrawn from LINK ATMs each week.
Graham Mott, Director of Strategy, LINK: “If a shop, pub or restaurant no longer accepts cash or prefers customers to pay using card or mobile payments, we can now see that almost half of people find this problematic while the other half have no concerns. We know some people simply prefer using cash, but there are millions who can’t do digital payments, so being unable to be pay in notes and coins is still frustrating for some.”
About the research: All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,110 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 3rd - 4th November 2022. The survey was carried out online. The responding sample is weighted to the profile of the sample definition to provide a representative reporting sample. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+). For historical LINK research, please ask and we will be happy to provide it