Char­ity sets up bank ac­counts for home­less

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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.”

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