Stone calls on constituents to apply to Community Access to Cash Fund
LINK, the UK’s main ATM cash machine network, has announced a new fund to enable customers and community groups to request a free-to-use cash machine in their area.
Jamie has welcomed this move which will hugely help people living and working in his remote constituency.
Applications will be looked at on a case-by-case basis depending on factors such as distance to the nearest free-to-use cash machine, availability of a local Post Office, and site security.
The new fund is set to launch in November.
Commenting Mr Stone said:
“This is fantastic news for my constituents as many communities in the Highlands fulfil the criteria for the fund and are currently many miles from a free-to-use ATM.
“Communities in the Far North are having access to cash taken away at an alarming rate as ATMs, banks and Post Offices close. Many people in my constituency rely on cash and it provides a backup for everyone when online systems fail or when, as in many parts of the Far North, the broadband is simply not good enough to support card payments.
“LINK have recognised that there is a need for cash access in remote areas of the UK and I would encourage all constituents who want to see a free-to-use ATM in their area to apply to the fund once it opens, as I will be doing on behalf of communities in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.”