Should we switch to plastic bank notes? MoneySaving Poll Results

The Bank of England is planning to scrap paper bank notes in favour of polymer (plastic) notes, as used in Canada and Australia.

They’re more durable than paper notes and they survive money laundering – being put in the washing machine – but not ironing. They can be folded, but aren’t as easy to roll in a wad. Concerns so far include cleanliness and whether they can be used for magic tricks.

The Bank of England is asking for feedback. We’ll be sending it the results of this poll.

Which of these is closest to your view?


Sounds great – I’ve used them elsewhere and they’re a big improvement3,288 votes (31 %)
Sounds good – never tried them, but they sound an improvement3,475 votes (32 %)
I don’t really care one way or t’other1,952 votes (18 %)
They sound awful – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it1,680 votes (16 %)
Undecided359 votes (3 %)

                   10,754 votes received.

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