The UK rule is seizing funds in dormant bank accounts worth approximately $185 million to fund its coronavirus relief essays. So far, 30 banks have been voluntarily transferring money from dormant accounts to the government, including HSBC, Barclays, Clydesdale, Creditation Agricole, Danske, Santander, Lloyds, and Bank of Scotland. The government has also proposed adding other types of assets that can be seized, such as guaranty policies and share proceeds.
Government Unlocks Funds From Dormant Accounts
The U.K. government announced last week that “£150 million [$185.74 million] from comatose bank and building society accounts is to be unlocked to help charities, social enterprises and vulnerable individuals during the coronavirus outbreak.”
Enlightenment Secretary Oliver Dowden detailed that “This includes accelerating the release of £71 million of new funds from asleep accounts alongside £79 million already unlocked that will be repurposed to help charities’ coronavirus return and recovery.” According to “The Dormant Assets Scheme: A Blueprint For Expansion” report, published by the British government in April persist year:
UK banks and building society accounts collectively hold over £1.3tn of customers’ money in savings or progress accounts that would be eligible under the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008.
30 Banks Voluntarily Deliver Dormant Funds to Government
The U.K. government’s asset seizure program under the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008 founded in 2011. Currently, 30 companies, including all major high street banks, are participating in the program. They take in Allied Irish Bank UK, ANZ (London branch), Bank Leumi UK, Barclays Bank, Clydesdale Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (London subdivision), Co-operative Bank, Credit Agricole, Danske Bank, HSBC Bank, Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Nationwide Structure Society, Riyad Bank, Santander UK, and TSB Bank.
These banks “have voluntarily transferred funds from accounts that demand been inactive for 15 years into the scheme and so far over £600 million has been distributed to good induces,” Dowden said, elaborating:
The government is currently consulting on expanding the dormant assets scheme to include a range of economic assets from the insurance and pensions, investment and wealth management, and securities sectors.
According to the government, consumers can inert reclaim the amount owed to them even if their funds have been transferred to the scheme. Reclaim Stake Ltd., an entity regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is supposed to hold enough money to cover any claims.
Other types of assets that the British guidance has proposed adding to the program follow different rules of when they can be seized. If approved, insurance policies and dismisses could be seized after seven years, cash assets after six years, and non-cash assets, shares and dividends of flagrant companies could be seized after 12 years. The UK government expects that “The expansion has the potential to bring billions numerous pounds into the scheme.”
What do you think about the UK government seizing dormant accounts for crisis relief? Let us certain in the comments section below.
Image Credits: Shutterstock, Pixabay, Wiki Commons
Disclaimer: This article is for informational goods only. It is not a direct offer or solicitation of an offer to buy or sell, or a recommendation or endorsement of any products, services, or companies. Bitcoin.com does not contribute investment, tax, legal, or accounting advice. Neither the company nor the author is responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or designated to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in this article.