Supermarkets commit to continuing to accept cash

Thousands of UK supermarkets and shops across the country have committed to continuing to accept cash after signing up to Which?’s cash-friendly pledge.

The Which? initiative is designed to ensure millions of consumers who rely on cash are not excluded by the transition to digital payments.

Aldi, Asda, Co-op, John Lewis, LloydsPharmacy and Waitrose have all made the public commitment to keep accepting cash in their stores.

The retailers make up nearly 4,500 stores in the UK and hold a combined grocery market share of over 30 per cent.

LloydsPharmacy has committed to continue to accept cash across its 1,400 UK branches, and John Lewis has agreed to do the same across its stores nationwide.

The British Retail Consortium, Association of Convenience Stores and the British Independent Retailers Association are all encouraging their members to sign up to the initiative.

The Bank of England has also supported the introduction of the pledge. Its chief cashier Sarah John said the ability to use cash remains vitally important for many people, and by signing up “businesses are helping to ensure that everyone in the UK is able to use the form of payment that best meets their needs.”

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