CFDG says cheque abolition progress is pleasing

Payments Council promises to carry out specialist research next spring into how the sector would be affected


Charity Finance Directors' Group representatives say they are pleased at how discussions are going with the Payments Council over the planned removal of cheques by 2018.

Melora Jezierska, policy officer at the CFDG, said the council had met several charity umbrella bodies at the start of the month and had promised that the withdrawal of cheques in 2018 would not go ahead unless satisfactory alternatives were in place for all users, including charities.

Speaking last week at the conference of the Association of Charity Officers, the umbrella body for benevolent charities, Jezierska said the council had promised to carry out specialist research in spring next year into how the sector would be affected by the withdrawal of cheques.

"They are also carrying out workshops and have developed a specialist fact sheet for clubs, societies and charities," she said. "We're extremely pleased with the way the Payments Council has gone about meeting our concerns."

She said major banks had also been supportive in meetings with CFDG members. Roger Chester, deputy chair of the CFDG, said his own charity, LionHeart, had almost totally stopped using cheques. He said not using cheques had had several advantages and caused relatively few problems.


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