Published: 12th Dec 2012
No longer taking cash payments could save Stoke-on-Trent city council up to £250,000 a year and improve efficiency in local government, it has been claimed.
The authority is reviewing the possibility of becoming a 'cashless' authority, with residents asked to pay bills by direct debit, through their mobile phones or over the internet.
While this could pose a problem for those with poor ADSL connections or no bank account, the council feels the savings would be beneficial in the current climate of austerity, reports the Sentinel.
Deputy leader Paul Shotton said: "Collecting cash is expensive, including having the means for it to be paid and moved around the city."
He added that if the capabilities are there to allow it to happen cashless payment is an "obvious" way for the council to go.
Paying for parking spaces has been shifted online by many executives, including that of Northern Ireland, with residents able to use their smartphones with pay and display machines.
Posted by Justin McKenzie
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