(PRWEB UK) 22 December 2012
Local councils who change to a cashless system could save over £250,000 a year. Stoke-on-Trent City council is currently reviewing the option of becoming a cashless council in a bid to save money. The move would result in residents paying bills by Direct Debit or via online payments using computers or even mobiles in the hope of saving money, time and the environment.
Deputy leader Paul Shotton explained, "Collecting cash is expensive, including having the means for it to be paid and moved around the city. If residents can pay by direct debit, or on the internet or on their mobile phones there are big savings for the council. It’s an obvious way to go."
SmartDebit, the UK’s leader in Direct Debit payments for business, understand the benefits of moving to online automated payments.
A spokesperson from the firm commented on the proposed change, “The advantages of moving over to cashless payments are endless, not only would it save the council money it would also be more time efficient and free up council buildings used to process cash. Research suggests that Britain is moving towards a cashless society, with more people leaving home without cash than ever before.”
The announcement comes soon after other councils made the decision to move to cashless payments, in particular that of Harrow, who have saved in excess of £100,000 by automating parking fine payments.
SmartDebit is the UK’s leading Direct Debit service providers, specialising in payment processing services since 1998. A Bacs approved Bureau, scoring ‘Excellent’ in all five categories of the Bacs audit, and ISO 27001 compliant. Providing a complete range of services: Outsourcing; SmartDebit-Admin cloud based portal; SmartDebit-Online payer sign up; SmartDebit-API integrated solution and SmartDebit-Contingency.