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Post Office will now drop cash to your door the day after it's ordered

22 Apr 2020, 12:46 ... h-21906570

People stuck at home can get money sent straight to their door after the Post Office turned its travel money business into a service for people stuck at home and shielding

The Post Office has said it will deliver cash to vulnerable Brits shielding at home and unable to get out.

Working with the DWP to identify those most in need, the Post Office is combining it's foreign exchange cash delivery arm with Royal Mail Special Delivery to see the money gets to people by 9pm the day after it's ordered.

Post Office chief executive Nick Read said: “I am delighted that Post Office has been able to switch its travel money delivery business to get cash directly to those that need it most.

"Working with the DWP we are able to help some of the most vulnerable in our society, including those who have been asked to shield themselves at home, with the ability to deliver cash directly to their door.”

The National Shielding Service is a working partnership with DWP that enables contact to be made with specific customers to determine if they need to receive a cash payment to be delivered.

The cash payments are available to the DWP to use to support their most vulnerable customers, initially in England, who are shielding because of the risk of infection should they leave their home.

Minister for Financial Inclusion Guy Opperman said: "We’re doing whatever it takes to ensure people are supported through these unprecedented times.

"This joint initiative enables us to reach out directly to those most likely to need support, and get cash delivered to their door where necessary.

“Thanks to the hard work of DWP and Post Office staff, vulnerable customers can rest assured there is help available if they need it."

The new cash delivery option has initially been made available to Post Office Card Account customers who are shielding at home and are the most at risk from the virus.

There are 27,000 Post Office Card Account customers who qualify and are actively being contacted to make sure they are able to regularly access their payments.

Postal Affairs Minister Paul Scully, said: “Vulnerable people may be self-isolating but they are not alone.

“This vital service will ensure the Government can get cash to people that need it, without them having to leave their homes.

"I want to thank postmasters and their teams for their continued hard work to support our communities across the UK.”

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