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- Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Following the release of the polymer £5 note last September, the new £10 note that’s being released tomorrow is the most accessible yet.
Ian Morris, who is partially sighted, spoke to Huffington Post UK about the new note: “It’s absolutely fantastic. It’s part of the evolution of what I’d call inclusive money. From a visually impaired person’s perspective, it gives the ability to independently organise yourself.”
We cover everything you need to know about it below.
When is the release date?
The new £10 note will be released into circulation on Thursday 14 September.
What does it look like?
It’s larger than the new £5 note, but smaller than the current £10 note. It features a portrait of author Jane Austen. It’s made from the same materials as the £5 note, which means that they’re cleaner and longer lasting (but they also have traces of animal fat in them).
What makes it more accessible for people with sight loss?
The Bank of England worked closely with RNIB to build accessibility into the design of the new £10 note. The front of the note (which is the side with the raised print) has two clusters of raised dots embossed in the top left-hand corner to help blind and partially sighted people distinguish between notes more easily. The series of notes also include bold numerals, differing colours and tiered sizing to further help people with sight loss.
Scott Lynch, Director of Solutions at RNIB, said: “In our testing with blind and partially sighted people, these markings enabled correct identification of the note’s value, helping people to exchange money more easily and with confidence.”
Where can I get one?
The Bank of England hasn’t specified where exactly the new notes will first appear, but they will start to filter into circulation through ATMs, banks and businesses.
What happens to the old £10 notes?
The last day to use your old £10 notes is 1 March 2018. If after this, you have any old paper notes, don't panic as you'll still be able to exchange them for the new polymer notes at the Bank of England.
Are there any more new notes to come?
A new plastic £20 note is set to be released in 2020, but that’s it for now – there are currently no plans to release a new £50 note.
Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier at the Bank of England said: “It is our most accessible note ever and a great example of how the Bank endeavours to support accessibility not just for our staff, but also for the people of the UK.”
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