As part of our ongoing commitment to becoming Britain's most helpful bank, we'd like to highlight some convenient ways to pay.
• Debit Card - A quick and safe way to pay for goods and services.
• Direct Debit – A simple, safe and speedy way to pay regular bills
• Standing Order – A hassle free way to transfer money on a set date regularly
• Direct payment – An easy way to make a one off or regular payments in branch, online or using Telephone Banking
Like any of these is going to be of the slightest use for the occasions when I actually use cheques - e.g. paying a plumber to come and fix a leak; or paying a mechanic to service my car; or paying for my child's piano lessons. It's really a choice between keeping lots of cash on me or asking people to trust my cheque won't bounce. Either way, it's a very good day for criminals, whether blue-collar burglars and muggers, or white-collar fraudsters. Oh, and for the banks, of course - but perhaps they're covered by one or both of the above?