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Ministers must act to protect cash – or millions face being shut out

Some people have been unable to buy groceries, while in one disturbing incident a diabetic with low blood sugar struggled to purchase food at a motorway service station. James Moore explains why we cannot become a cash-free society just yet  

Tuesday 19 January 2021 00:01
<p>A substantial number of people reliant on cash are being left behind</p>

A substantial number of people reliant on cash are being left behind

A diabetic man unable to to buy food and with dangerously low blood sugar is the most chilling part of today’s report by Which? looking at the effect of the pandemic on cash, which he was trying to use.

It resonated with me because I have type 1 autoimmune diabetes and so the immediate thought was obviously, that could have been me, followed by goosebumps and a very real shudder. 

But this is an issue that goes beyond people with my condition getting caught short in the wrong place – Nando’s and El Mexicana in the case of the man, James Boswell, after ending up stuck in traffic on the M25 for hours – at the wrong time.

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