Charity sets up bank accounts for homeless
HOMELESS people in Manchester and across the UK can now open basic bank accounts, without the need for photo ID or proof of address.
Housing and homelessness charity Shelter has teamed up with the St Anns branch of HSBC to launch a service where those sleeping rough can open an account when accompanied by a caseworker, using the address of the charity supporting them.
According to Shelter’s figures, one in 135 Mancunians don’t have a place to call home and up to 320,000 people are facing homelessness across the UK.
Having a bank account can make it easier for people to claim benefits, receive wages and pay rent.
Maxine Pritchard, head of financial inclusion at HSBC, said:
“We’re committed to offering support to those who would otherwise be excluded from banking.
“No-one in today’s society should be without a bank account and it’s up to financial organisations to make banking more accessible.
“Opening a bank account can give people a true sense of independence.”