HSBC has doubled its service for homeless people across the UK enabling them to open a bank account. Those of no fixed address face a notorious struggle getting access to one of everyday life's essentials.
There is now availability in 77 branches for them, when accompanied by their caseworkers from charities such as Shelter, Crisis and Centrepoint. Using a charity’s address there is no need for a photo ID or proof of address. So far the service has helped more than 430 people to access a basic bank account. The extension comes as winter approaches, the most challenging time for this very vulnerable community.