Paper tenners: When you have to use the old £10 notes by

Paper tenners: When you have to use the old £10 notes by

Anyone with an old paper £10 note will need to spend the cash by the end of 1 March, the Bank of England has confirmed.

They have been in circulation since 7 November 2000 and feature a portrait of Charles Darwin.

Here is a video explaining the security measures on the new polymer note.

A spokesperson for the Royal Bank of Scotland said: "The intention is that the Scottish note issuing banks, Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland, will withdraw their paper £10 notes at the same time as Bank of England on 1 March 2018".

The old note is being gradually withdrawn from circulation, and the new £10, which only entered circulation in September, already accounts for 55% of £10 notes now in use.

Polymer notes are being introduced across the board by the Bank of England as a way to reduce forgery.

Plastic £20 notes are set to come into circulation from next year.

In August, the Bank of England confessed that it would continue with the use of tallow in future banknotes, the spokesperson noted that Bank "has not taken this decision lightly". As of October 3, 55pc of £10 notes in circulation were polymer.

Despite the vegans' protests, the note with Jane Austen also has an inscription in raised dots that help blind and partially-sighted users to identify them.

The old style £5 note went out of circulation in May, and the old round pound coin has now been replaced with the new 12-sided version.