More than 1,000 victims of modern slavery and human trafficking have been helped to gain financial independence with access to a bank account, according to HSBC UK.

The bank’s survivor bank service was launched in June 2019 and provides access to a basic bank account, without the need for photo ID or proof of address.

Having a bank account makes it easier to claim benefits, receive wages and pay rent. But many survivors lack the documents they need to open an account, such as a passport.

People can open an account when supported by a caseworker from an organisation which can verify their identity, with the Salvation Army and other charities supporting the scheme.

Read the full story from the Independent below:

Source: More than 1,000 modern slavery victims helped to access bank accounts

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By / Published On: July 21st, 2021 / Tags: , , , / Categories: News, Vulnerable Adults /

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