A month after setting up an access to cash fund, the UK's Link ATM network says it has received more than 100 requests for the installation of free-to-use cash machines by local communities.
Earlier this month, Link set up a £1 million fund from which cash-starved communities can draw in order to install a free cash machine.
The requests have come from every corner of the country, says Link, with isolated rural communities, deprived urban areas and small towns all getting in touch.
Consumers can tap the Community Access to Cash Delivery Fund through their MP, local council, or directly from Link, assuming the community meets the qualifying criteria, which includes distance to nearest free ATM, availability of a Post Office, site security and a suitable location.
In order to best meet demand, Link is launching a new dedicated website for applications and help, says John Howells, Link CEO.
“It’s great that we’ve had so much interest so far," he says. "Many of the applications show there are locations around the country where there is a cash access problem. We’ve already visited 10 of these locations and will be working hard to listen to every community that has got in touch."
The move comes amid widespread concern about the removal of fee-free cash machines and bank branches in small communities.