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16 May 2022

Millions of people across the country will benefit from cleaner air and cheaper ways to travel and keep active, thanks to £200 million of government funding for new walking and cycling...

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The speech sets out the government’s agenda for the upcoming Parliament, outlining proposed policies and legislation. An overview of the main announcements relevant to independent shops is...

28 Apr 2022

To celebrate Local Bike Shop Day on Saturday 30 April, BetterPoints are offering QUINTUPLE points and the chance to win a £55 bike service by choosing to travel on two...

26 Apr 2022

Wheels for Wellbeing is a Disabled people’s cycling organisation who campaign for equal access to cycling...

26 Apr 2022

The annual celebration of bike shops across the nation is fast approaching! Be sure to pop down to your local bike shop this Saturday to get a taste of the passion, knowledge and personalised...

21 Apr 2022

On Local Bike Shop Day 4 lucky customers that purchase a bike through Cyclescheme will be awarded a £250 cycling voucher for the store they collect the bike from! In addition to offering a...

21 Apr 2022

Cytech are attending the Cycle Show and will be demonstrating key practices in bike maintenance that are useful for both the trade and public. Alongside the show we're offering...

21 Apr 2022

The Scottish Government retail division are looking for input with regards to the recent adaptations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Government Supports Amendment to Introduce Cashback Without Purchase

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

TheTill Government has agreed an amendment to the Financial Services Bill which will enable shops to offer cashback to customers without making a purchase.

IRC member ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) reported the amendment to the House of Lords Financial Services Bill, tabled by Conservative Peer Lord Holmes of Richmond, will remove an existing requirement for retailers to register with the Financial Conduct Authority to offer cashback without an in-store purchase within the same transaction.

In its written submission to a HM Treasury call for evidence on the future of the UK's cash system, ACS called for the Government to ensure that retailers are not obligated to offer this service and those who do must be guaranteed fair remuneration.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: "Over two thirds of retailers offer cash back to customers, so we welcome the extension of retailers offer cashback without having to purchase products.

"A number of useful trials on extending the use of cashback without purchase are underway, and there is still much more we need to learn about how this can be offered securely and viably for retailers. We shouldn't view cashback without purchase as a full replacement for a properly functioning and funded ATM network."

Supplying cashback without purchase will not be mandatory for any retailers. The change will come into force two months after Royal Assent of the Bill, which is expected shortly.

Lord True, speaking on behalf of the Government in the Lords said: "Industry will have discretion to make the service available across the United Kingdom. Where the service is offered, customers will be able to walk into a local business that wishes to participate, such as a corner shop, café or pub, and withdraw cash without having to make an accompanying purchase."

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