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  • HM Treasury Designates Banks Under Access to Cash Framework

    May 24, 2024
    HM Treasury has designated a number of firms for the provision of cash access services, including setting the geographic baselines. The Financial Services and Markets Act 2023 introduced various measures to protect access to cash (e.g., via ATMs) for those reliant on it, in particular the elderly and vulnerable. In addition, HMT published the decision notices for those designated as operators of cash access coordination arrangements (i.e., firms which coordinate the provision of cash access services by multiple providers). Designated firms must ensure reasonable access to withdrawal and deposit facilities for individuals and reasonable access to deposit facilities for SMEs. The FCA is responsible for supervising the designated firms and can impose requirements to ensure that designated firms preserve reasonable cash access services. All the designations came into force on May 24, 2024.

    The Bank of England oversees the wholesale cash industry to ensure it continues to operate effectively and remains sustainable and resilient. The wholesale cash system consists of a select group of key market participants which facilitate the production and distribution of banknotes and coins.

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