Yes, as far as I’m (Dave) concerned, saying goodbye to the old £5 note will be a sad day. On Friday 5 May 2017, the old paper £5 note will lose its legal tender status and will therefore no longer be able to be used to buy stuff in shops. Any old notes can still be exchanged at banks (so don’t panic) or by sending them direct to the Bank of England. Although I have now got used to the new polymer £5 note that came in to circulation on 13 September 2016, I really struggled to recognise them, confusing them and their new plastic feel with a lottery ticket or a shiny receipt like you get from Sainsbury’s (other supermarkets are available). Also, due to the change in size, my vibrating note detector no longer supported the new polymer note leaving me with finding an alternative way to sort my stacks of cash! :-) On the upside though, the new polymer notes have been designed to help us vision impaired people. They will continue to have tiered sizing and include bold numerals and similar colour palettes to the current paper notes, but, in addition, the new £10 and £20 notes will have raised dots enabling quick recognition, with the £5 note remaining free from this tactile feature. The new polymer £10 is to be put in to circulation in September 2017 with the £20 sometime in 2020. The £50 is not yet thought to be changed to a polymer note – the Bank of England say it’s because it was only changed in 2011 but I think it’s because there aren’t any in circulation… unless Vicky is holding on to all of them! :-)
Vicky: I wish…so I’m guessing the new fiver feeling pretty similar to a receipt must make it even harder when unhelpful cashiers hand your notes, change and receipt all over together then…
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Our VIDA Insights...
Following our experiences from delivering our Vision Impairment Awareness training days over the past couple of years, we know that there’s loads more that we could talk about and examples we could have shared. Whilst these won’t be a substitute for our training, they will give you an insight (hence the name!) into our thoughts, observations and experiences from each of our perspectives - Dave’s living with sight loss and Vicky’s from being a sighted person and working alongside and supporting people who have sight loss.