Hard cash just got harder for vegans. The new £5 notes contain a kind of animal fat called tallow. Some vegans refuse to handle them. Now the Government announces that the new £10 notes, released in September 2017, will be the same.

Rachael Phoenix (pictured), the owner of a vegan restaurant that refuses to accept the new £5 notes, says she now faces a “difficult decision”. Voltaire in Bangor, took the stand in December after it emerged that the new polymer notes contain tallow.

New tenner upsets vegans