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Trial will see more £5 notes in cash machines

Trial will see more £5 notes in cash machines

Category: Money

Updated: 21/08/2009
First Published: 21/08/2009

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Five pound notes will be dispensed from a number of HSBC cash machines in a trial the high street bank is carrying out with the Bank of England.

The bank began stocking the notes in 100 of its cash machines in the South West and Midlands regions of the country last month.

It is hoped that the pilot scheme will boost the number of £5 notes in circulation.

All banks can stock the denomination in the ATMs if they choose but such practice has all but disappeared in the last five years. Part of the reason for this is that £5 notes are used more frequently than any other note, meaning the average life span for one is just a year.

It is estimated that there are around £1.3 billion worth of £5 notes currently in circulation – equivalent to 260 million notes.

There are also 630 million £10 notes and 1.4 billion £20 notes in the UK.

The Bank of England's Governor, Mervyn King, said the Bank was looking to find a solution to the shortage of £5 notes and their poor quality in 2007, while its chief cahier, Andrew Bailey, said the Bank was keen to get more notes into circulation in February this year.

Half the cash machines stocked with £5 notes will be located within HSBC branches, with the rest outside them.

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