Record £801m in personal cash withdrawals handled by Post Office in July
Post offices handled a record £801 million in personal cash withdrawals in July, marking an increase of nearly 8% month on month.
The increase could be due to people taking more staycations in the UK as well as relying on cash more to manage their budgets on a weekly or even daily basis, the Post Office suggested.
In total, a record £3.32 billion in cash deposits and withdrawals was handled at the Post Office’s 11,500 branches across the UK.
Personal cash deposits totalled £1.35 billion, up 2% month on month, while business cash deposits totalled £1.13 billion, up by 1.9% month on month.
Britain is anything but a cashless society
Martin Kearsley, Post Office
In July, the Post Office also processed more than 600,000 cash payouts for people eligible to receive energy bill support from the Government.
Martin Kearsley, banking director at the Post Office, said: “Our latest figures clearly show that Britain is anything but a cashless society.
“We’re seeing more and more people increasingly reliant on cash as the tried and tested way to manage a budget.
“Whether that’s for a staycation in the UK or if it’s to help prepare for financial pressures expected in the autumn, cash access in every community is critical.
“Postmasters handling over £3.3 billion in a single month demonstrates just how vital being able to deposit and withdraw cash securely and conveniently is for millions of people.”