I popped into a branch of my UK high-street bank last week, to help my mother-in-law transfer a large amount of money from her account to my account, which is with the same bank but at a different branch. She was told that same-day transfer would cost her
just over £20 for a CHAPS payment. (Please don't ask why a bank charges its customers for an internal transfer)
I asked the staff at the Information Desk if they had heard of Faster Payments. "Yes, I've heard of it, but I don't know what it is", came the answer. Fortunately the branch manager overheard the conversation, and started to explain what Faster Payments
is about - most importantly, that it's free.
I was in the local branch of my building society last week as well, talking about mortgages. As a test, I asked the customer advisers if they had heard of Faster Payments. No, they hadn't - but they didn't have a CHAPS capability either - their approach
to same-day transfer is that the customer draws out the money in cash and pays it to the recipient by hand.
I just received a standard letter from my solicitors, which includes their standard terms and conditions. They charge £35 (plus VAT) for a "bank telegraphic transfer". I asked them if they had heard of no-charge Faster Payments - and of course, the answer
"Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose" - ?