Lloyds launches a new cashback initiative with local retailers

LLOYDS Banking Group launches a new cashback initiative with local retailers, partnering with Visa to maintain access for those that still rely on cash.

Lloyds aims to sign up 500 local retailers to provide cashback in communities after the pandemic has seen a rapid increase in card and online payments, but with cash still playing an important role for many people and small businesses.

As part of its ongoing efforts to make sure cash remains easily available to customers around the country, Lloyds announces on Monday, November 30, that it intends to join forces with 500 local retailers to offer cashback services in communities where cash availability is low.

The initiative builds on the success of a 2019 pilot, also delivered in partnership with Visa, and could be extended further if successful.

This new cashback programme, aimed at communities with low cash provision, underscores the Group’s commitment to supporting the work of the banking industry, the Government and campaigners to ensure cash remains widely available in a range of ways.

It follows support for the Community Access to Cash Pilot, a fund that has allowed communities to bid for help to improve cash access in their area, complementing the network of Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland branches and ATMs, the partnership with the Post Office and its 11,500 branches and existing cashback arrangements with merchants around the country.

Cashback, second only to ATMs in how people access cash remotely, is an efficient and easy-to-deliver way to offer cash access for those that need it. Lloyds will offer a financial incentive for retailers and businesses in identified locations, from corner shops to pubs and pharmacies, to offer cashback to all of their customers.

Typically, these locations are either LINK protected, which have fewer ways of getting cash, or do not have access to cash from either an ATM, cashback enabled retailer, bank branch or Post Office within one mile of their home. The Post Office provides day to day banking and access to cash for many communities across the UK.

Jeni Mundy, Managing Director UK & Ireland at Visa said: “We’re proud to support Lloyds Banking Group on this important initiative. While the adoption of digital payment solutions by consumers and retailers has accelerated in the UK this year, some consumers need greater choice. Cashback is one of a number of solutions that enables access to cash across the UK and ensures that everyone can pay with ease.”

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