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    Post Offices see ‘highest ever’ amount of cash trade

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    New figures today reveal a significant increase in cash transactions at Post Office branches in April, with cash deposits and withdrawals across the counter totalling £3.48 billion across 11,500 branches, their highest levels ever.

    In the UK, total cash deposits (business and personal) stood at £2.62 billion in April, marking an increase of 4.7% month-on-month and a significant 26.5 per cent increase year-on-year.

    Total withdrawals amounted to £864.9 million, despite a slight month-on-month decrease of 0.77%. However, year-on-year, withdrawals saw an increase of 20.4 per cent.

    Cash deposits in England totalled £2.18 billion, up 5.1 per cent month-on-month and 16.6 per cent year-on-year. Withdrawals were £679.2 million, showing a modest month-on-month decrease of 0.35 per cent but an 11.17 per cent increase year-on-year.

    Welsh branches experienced a substantial increase in deposits at £135.9 million, up 8.68 per cent month-on-month and 18.6 per cent year-on-year. Withdrawals totalled £68.3 million.

    The Post Office has recently partnered with Monzo to expand its Everyday Banking services, offering cash deposit facilities for Monzo customers at all branches nationwide. This has contributed positively to the total value of cash deposits & withdrawal value for April 2024

    Jeet Jadeja, Postmaster for Staple Hill in Bristol and Quedgeley in Gloucestershire, said, “Having Monzo on board for cash deposits is fantastic and will make a huge difference for banking customers. Monzo has over 9 million retail customers as well as 400,000 business customers so this will widen Post Office’s appeal in both of my branches and across the network.”

    Ross Borkett, Banking Director at Post Office said, “Post Office is delighted to welcome Monzo as another partner in our Banking Framework, helping us ensure more UK banking customers than ever before can access essential cash services in any Post Office branch.

    “It is positive to see the continued growth in customers using their local Post Office, and accessing essential cash services through our extensive partnership with banks. The fact that we are seeing the highest ever levels of cash withdrawals and deposits demonstrates the growing importance of our services in providing access to cash for customers and businesses across the UK.”

    Post Office Cash tracker data – April 2024

     Cash deposits value (business & personal)MOM%YOY%Cash withdrawals value (business & personal)MOM%YOY%Total cash deposits & withdrawal value for April 2024
    UK£2.62bn+4.7%+26.5%£864.9m -0.77%+20.4%£3.48bn
    England£2.18bn+5.1%+16.6%£679.2m -0.35%+11.17%£2.85bn
    Scotland174.5m+5.31%+11.35%£59.1m-3.59%5.57%233.6m
    Wales135.9m+8.68%+18.60%£68.3m-0.58%9.88%204.2m
    Northern Ireland127.6m+3.99%+7.69%£58.2m -3%1.57%204.2m

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    Post Offices see 'highest ever' amount of cash trade

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    Post Offices see 'highest ever' amount of cash trade

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    Post Offices see 'highest ever' amount of cash trade

    Banking Hubs

    As of May 7, 50 hubs have been opened in partnership between Cash Access UK and the Post Office. 

    Banking Hubs feature a counter service operated by the Post Office, allowing customers of any bank to withdraw and deposit cash, settle bills, and conduct routine banking transactions. Furthermore, each Hub has a private area where customers can consult with community bankers from their respective banks for more complex matters that necessitate specialized knowledge or confidentiality. The banks participating in each Hub operate on a rotational basis, ensuring the presence of staff from different banks on varying days.

    Banking Hubs were originally trialled as part of the Community Access to Cash Pilots when two Banking Hubs were established in Cambuslang (South Lanarkshire) and Rochford (Essex). This was part of a wider initiative to help local communities, often where the local branch had closed, to be able to spend cash as well as making it easier for small businesses to bank cash too. Following the successful pilots, in December 2021, the banking industry committed to maintaining basic access to cash in communities following the closure of the final bank branch in that location.

    The Hubs are recommended by LINK, the UK’s cash access and ATM network, who independently review a community based on criteria including number of shops, transport links and deprivation. LINK will assess an area following confirmation of a bank closure or through a community request.

    Recommendations are then delivered by Cash Access UK, a not-for-profit organisation, who were established at the beginning of 2023, and is owned and funded by nine major banks. From the day a Hub is recommended it typically takes around 12 months to open. In locations where it proves difficult to find a suitable property, Cash Access UK can open Temporary Hubs, providing all the same services and by the same team. This gives more time to secure a permanent home for the Hub and crucially gives that community access to important services without a need to travel.

    The 50th Banking Hub has been established as a temporary hub at Hometown Hub, 11 Exchange Street, Jedburgh following confirmation in June last year that the final bank branch in the town was closing. The temporary Banking Hub will provide locals with basic banking and cash services, while plans for the permanent Hub continue to progress. Customers of all major banks and building societies can carry out regular cash transactions at a counter service operated by the Post Office, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Community Bankers are also available, so customers can talk to their bank about more complicated issues on the day their bank is in the Hub.

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