New report finds credit union accounts improve the prospects of people leaving prison Research carried out by Unlock and the Research Unit for Financial Inclusion at Liverpool John Moores University has highlighted 13 credit unions working in partnership with 21 local prisons to reduce re-offending. Credit unions are providing savings accounts to people in prison,

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Banking before release

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 by

We’ve written a letter in this month’s edition of Inside Time, the prison newspaper, updating people on the progress of our Unlocking Banking project. You can read the letter here.

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We’re featured in an article in the Mail on Sunday, which covers some recent work we’ve done with Halifax bank to extend the number of prisons that they open basic bank accounts for. The article is available to read here.

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We’ve written an article for the Co-op’s members magazine, Re:Act. It’s only sent out in hard copy, but we’ve taken some copies of the article and these are available below as images.    

Linked to the launch of Time is Money, we’ve written a Think Piece for the Chartered Insurance Institute. You can read the article here.

As part of the launch of Time is Money, we worked with the Independent to publish a detailed piece yesterday. This is available here. Following the launch today, we were also featured in: BBC News – Ex-prisoners ‘need access to financial services’ thisismoney – ‘Give prisoners bank accounts’ MSN – Ex-prisoners ‘need help from banks’ Banking Times – ‘Call for action on financial exclusion

We’ve worked with the Independent to develop a detailed article on the issues around access to banking for people in prison.

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We’ve contributed to a really positive article which featured in todays Mail on Sunday, looking at the work that Barclays are doing, with our support, in opening bank accounts for people in prison before they are released. Update – 28th September This has been followed by an article in the Guardian today, and we also

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We contributed to a discussion on Radio 4’s Money Box about the progress being made on access to bank accounts for people in prison

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We’ve contributed to a BBC Solent discussion about access to banking for people in prison. You can listen to the piece below.

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This month we’ve written a letter in Inside Time which explains the importance of access to bank accounts, and the progress made so far.

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