The way we deal with cheques is changing so you’ll be able to get to your money quicker

From October 2017, we take a digital picture of cheques we receive. This allows us to process cheques faster, so you’ll be able to withdraw and earn interest on the money from the next working day - even if the cheque is from another bank or building society.

The launch is a phased approach and is expected to be completed mid-2018.

As cheques will clear faster, it's important you have enough funds in your account before writing a cheque.

The new process won't let people attempt to pay in a cheque for a second time if it's been sent back to them. What this means is if a cheque bounces you'll need to either write a new cheque or make alternative arrangements with the person you were trying to pay.

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