Free ATMs for deprived areasWhich? welcomes more free ATMs in low-income areas

27 December 2008

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A government-backed working group that included Which? has been applauded by the government for helping 1.4 million people get greater access to non-charging ATMs. 

Treasury minister Ian Pearson MP stated that the ATM Working Group had made ‘excellent progress towards its goal of placing tasked with finding suitable sites for 600 non-charging machines across 1,707 low-income areas'. By the end of November 2008 sites for 570 ATMs had been found. A total of 520 are currently in operation.

Phil Jones, personal finance campaigner at Which? said: ‘The last thing people on low-incomes need in difficult economic times is to have to pay to take out their own money.  These ATMs are making a real difference to the 1.4 million consumers who now have access to free cash withdrawal in their own neighbourhoods.’