An initiative aimed at making sure communities have access to cash has announced that applications are now open.

Applications for ‘Community Access to Cash’ pilots will remain open until midnight on Friday 1 May 2020. The initiative is driven by a marked move to digital banking, with more and more people making card transactions rather than paying by cash.

However, a move to the digital economy does not work for everyone. Many communities, including some in West Lothian, depend heavily on cash with many individuals who do not have the skills, or access to the technology, to carry out digital banking. This initiative will also help local businesses accept and bank cash.

The project is currently looking for applications from organisations with local community support who can outline challenges that the local community has getting access to cash. The pilot communities will be selected by an independent board.

Neil Findlay MSP said:

“This initiative gives an opportunity to communities, like many in West Lothian who want better access to cash.“The move to a digital economy does not work for everyone and digital banking can isolate some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.

“I would strongly encourage community organisations in and around West Lothian to apply for the Community Access to Cash Pilot. You can find out more here: https://communityaccesstocashpilots.org/application-form/

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