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

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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