What accessibility features do the new polymer bank notes have?

The Bank of England has worked closely with RNIB to ensure that these notes are accessible to blind and partially sighted people.

The new polymer bank notes have the same features as the paper notes; the notes retain tiered sizing and include bold numerals and similar colour palettes to the current notes.

In addition, the new £10 and £20 notes will each have a tactile feature created by a series of raised dots.

The £10 has two sets of four raised dots in the top left hand corner on one side. Some people have queried why the £10 note has the letter G in braille on it but the raised dots are not braille and are meant to be just easily identifiable.

The £5 note will be distinguishable by the absence of the feature.

The new £5 note note was introduced on 13 September 2016 and the old note was phased out on 5 May 2017

The new £10 note note was introduced on 14 September 2017 and the old note was phased out on 1 March 2018.

The new £20 note will be introduced and the old note phased out in 2020.

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