BRITAIN’S first pre-paid debit card combined with proof-of-age, is ideal for young people going off to college for the first time, said Chester MP, Christine Russell, during a visit to the city HQ of the company behind the new UreLife Card.
“Every parent is anxious that their youngsters will have enough cash when they need it and this would certainly give them peace of mind,” she told UreLife managing director David Needham, after he had outlined the unique concept behind the new card.
Mr Needham, from Tarporley, said UreLife’s Visa-backed pre-paid debit card, which carries the photo and date of birth of the holder alongside the Government approved Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram, was indispensable for young card-holders concerned about claiming half-price concessions on public transport.
But the proof-of-age aspect was also an effective means of preventing the inappropriate sale of cigarettes and alcohol to under-age customers, something that had been welcomed by Trading Standards and police.
“The pre-paid debit card is an increasingly popular option for a great many people,” explained Mr. Needham. “It offers a safe and convenient alternative to carrying around large amounts of cash and the card-holder is assured that they cannot go into the red, they can only spend what is on the card.”
UreLife operations manager, Dean Warren, told the MP: “Parents or guardians of younger card-holders who may be concerned that money is spent appropriately can also check statements on-line and choose whether the cash-dispenser facility is switched on or off.
“On-line retailers can easily and automatically reject payments from underage purchasers and furthermore, with UreLife, there are no hidden charges.”