> If you're someone (like me) who has a bank
> account, a regular salary or pension and who
> doesn't think much about buying a coffee on the
> way to work every day, this undoubtedly seems like
> a great, convenient idea.
> However, alongside of the practical issues for the
> elderly or people who don't work through illness -
> it's the overall signal this sends which I am
> uncomfortable with. Going cashless signals to
> people who rely on cash, and are almost certainly
> economically vulnerable, that "their kind" aren't
> welcome to share these spaces. Put yourself in the
> position of a parent who doesn't have any spare
> cash, and for whom a once a week treat for their
> kids at the park cafe is the single luxury they
> allow themselves to keep within budget - there are
> plenty of people for whom this is a day to day
> reality. I count myself incredibly fortunate that
> I'm not one of them, but it's totally wrong to
> ignore that in the name of convenience.
> This move basically tells anyone who is unbanked
> that they are not as welcome to use our public
> spaces and council run amenities, when they are
> exactly the kind of people who need the support
> most. In the US, a few cities have enacted laws
> that prevent restaurants from going cashless for
> exactly this reason.
Don't you also need a bank account to receive benefits now? There must be fewer and fewer people who do not have one. I guess a few of those could be without a contactless card. I used to have some sort of rubbish non-switch card switch card once, but I could still use it to buy stuff.