More than 300,000 of Britain's poorest people live at least one kilometre from a free-to-use cash machine, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper. Figures obtained by the paper from the Link network, the body responsible for running the network of cash machines (ATMs), show there are 269 low-income areas lacking a free machine within a one kilometre radius.
The data raises questions about whether people living in the most disadvantaged areas can obtain cash without paying a fee, according to the paper. 'Cash machine deserts' mean people face a fee ranging from 75p to £10 to retrieve their money via an ATM. The data shows that 150,000 of the most financially excluded people are in south Wales, and in the north-west and north-east of England.