Post Office backs Don't Kill Cash campaign: 'We're the last counter in town!'

Post office with Kearsley inset

Post Office Bank Director: “We’re the last face-to-face transaction that can be done in any village."

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Sam Montgomery

By Sam Montgomery

Published: 12/07/2023

- 22:44

Updated: 12/07/2023

- 23:23

Post Office Banking Director Martin Kearsley has backed the Don’t Kill Cash petition


The Post Office Banking Director, Martin Kearsley, has become the latest public figure to back the Don’t Kill Cash petition, as the campaign to protect cash continues to attract support from across the political spectrum.

Kearsley explained to GB News that recent flurries of bank branch closures have caused the Post Office to step up and take on the role of last bastion of local cash banking.

Kearsley said: “With 5,500 bank branch closures since 2015, 500 more this year, and many more to come - quite often the post office is the last counter in town.

“We’re the last face-to-face transaction that can be done in any village and increasingly small businesses are turning to the Post Office to bring us their cash, bank it safely and securely into their bank accounts.”

Far from a dying transaction form, Kearsley has seen demand for cash from the Post Office “grow significantly” over the past few years, as bank branches close and customers return to cash in the cost of living crisis.

Kearsley claims that £3.5billion is still transacted through the Post Office on a monthly basis, with many families “returning to cash” for its benefits as a “very controllable budgeting tool.”

The Post Office still operates around 11,500 branches across the country, but Kearsley conceded that it is “under pressure like never before.”

The GB News Don't Kill Cash petition has now reached 200,000 signatures following its launch last Monday, as the People’s Channel fights to protect vulnerable Britons who rely on cash.

Stornoway Post Office

Stornoway Post Office


The Covid pandemic set about a march towards a cashless society, as shops, cafes and pubs have continued to only accept card payments.

However, more than five million adults, including those most vulnerable in our society, still rely on cash in the UK.

Public and politicians’ support for the petition comes from every part of the political spectrum.

Last week the RMT union leader Mick Lynch gave his backing to the GB News Don't Kill Cash petition, warning of the dangers ditching rail ticket offices could have across the country.


Mick Lynch revealed he backs GB News' Don't Kill Cash campaign

Mick Lynch backs GB News' Don't Kill Cash campaign

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Lynch said: "It becomes more and more difficult for those on low budgets, for instance, who use cash as a means of controlling their weekly and monthly spend.”

The 61-year-old, who spoke with GB News' Patrick Christys, also addressed new plans to close hundreds of ticket offices at train stations across the country.

The shadow secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, Lucy Powell, told GB News: “We do need to protect cash, I think it's an important issue to highlight."

She added: “Whether that's becoming cashless and everybody paying for things electronically, or whether that's people wanting more human interaction when it comes to dealing with problems and services and utilities, and public services and so on.”

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Don't Kill Cash: Two hundred thousand people back GB News campaign in just eight days

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Fears over a cashless society have been felt by football fans, Age UK and disability groups over rail ticket office closures.

We are calling on the Government to introduce legislation committing to protect the status of cash as legal tender and as a widely accepted means of payment in the UK until at least 2050.

You can help GB News in ensuring the Government and businesses Don't Kill Cash by signing our petition.

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