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Barclays offers bank accounts to prisoners

The service for prisoners nearing release has been extended to 14 in the UK covering all of the East

Barclays, in partnership with Unlock, has extended its basic bank account service to people nearing the end of a prison sentence, to help reintegrate them back into society.

Barclays has been working with Unlock, the National Association of Reformed Offenders, as part of its 'Unlocking Banking' campaign, since 2007.
The service has been extended from three prisons to 14 in the UK covering all of the East of England prison region.

The program will help prisoners to improve money management skills, ultimately overcoming social and financial exclusion. Basic financial training and help with application forms will also be provided by charity staff who work within the prisons.

Barclays current account, savings and mortgages managing director Mark Parsons said that access to finance is a key strand of Barclays Money Skills, our UK community investment program.

"The long-term financially excluded, such as prisoners, are amongst the hardest to reach in society. So by partnering with charitable organizations that spend time in working with these groups will make it easier for prisoners to rebuild their lives. We are pleased to be working with UNLOCK in this way," Parsons said.