Published on 29 January 2020
The village of Silsoe in Bedfordshire has a new free to use ATM, as part of a commitment to ensure every high street in the UK has free access to cash.

LINK, the UK’s main ATM cash machine network, has installed a new free-to-use ATM in the local newsagents.

The machine replaces a charging machine in the same shop and is one of the first ATMs to be installed through LINK’s community request scheme.

Launched in October 2019, communities can apply for support for free access to cash. LINK will investigate each case raised and where it is possible, fund the new ATM directly. The new website can be found at https://www.link.co.uk/consumers/request-access-to-cash/.

LINK is determined to protect free access to cash for every high street in the UK. If a high street is threatened with the loss of its last free-to-use ATM, LINK will step in to ensure that an ATM is made available and paid for with funding from all the UK’s main banks and building societies if there is no nearby Post Office counter to serve that community.

LINK’s Head of Financial Inclusion, Nick Quin: “Free cash access remains vital for communities and high streets across the country. We’re delighted to support in the community in Silsoe with the new free machine.

We want to hear from more communities that have cash access issues. While the network provides convenient access for most people, we know that communities are best placed to identify any issues. Any enquiries can be made via our new request website.”

The ATM is located at Silsoe Newsagent, 24 High St, Silsoe, Bedford MK45 4EP.

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