Stefan has lived in the same area for over 60 years after emigrating to the UK from Trinidad in 1959.
I live on a tight budget and a lot of the shops where I live can be expensive, so I take cash out and walk down to shop from the green grocers and the farmers market. And there’s a place I like to do my laundry at where the owner insists on cash. I also buy my Sunday paper with cash – I could use my card, but that would be ridiculous. It’s always better for amounts under five pounds to pay in cash.
Yes, myself and a lot of older people that live in this sheltered accommodation block or the flats nearby rely on cash. I think it would really fluster everyone to not have access to cash, because it’s so essential for us in our lives.
It gives me security. I suppose I really do depend on it, and to some extent it’s an integral part of my life. It doesn’t make sense for me to not have cash.
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