Cheque clearing cycle
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Cheque Guarantee Scheme
The Payments Council closed the Cheque Guarantee Scheme on 30 June 2011. While your business will still be able to accept and issue cheques, it will no longer be possible to guarantee cheques under the scheme.
Rather than continuing to accept cheques that are no longer guaranteed, you can ask your customers to make payments by debit or credit card or you can ask to be paid electronically, receiving payments directly into your account.
If you still accept cheques without a guarantee, there is a risk of the cheques being returned unpaid. Normally a cheque cannot be returned unpaid by someone any later than 6 working days after the day it was paid in.
Payments Council to keep cheques
The Payments Council has announced that the 2018 target date for closure of cheque clearing has been withdrawn, meaning that cheques will continue for as long as customers need them.
View the full statement on the Payments Council website