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RBS looks for locations in free ATM crusade

RBS, the UK retail banking group, is to install a further 300 free-to-use ATMs across the country to help those communities suffering from poor access to cash.

RBS, which is parent both to the Royal Bank of Scotland and to NatWest, is now asking consumers to help it place the new machines in locations where they will be most needed.

The move comes just days after a UK consumer rights group condemned the rise of fee-charging ATMs which are often leaving the poorest communities with no option but to pay a charge to get their money.

Gordon Pell, chief executive of retail markets at RBS, said: If there’s a will in local communities to find suitable sites, we have a way to make it happen and ensure those with the greatest need have free access to their cash. The initiative is designed to ensure that the most vulnerable in our society, the elderly, disabled, those of limited financial means or whose benefits constitute all or the bulk of their income, have free access to their cash close to their point of need.