A new report has shown that people without a bank account pay an extra £485 per year for everyday bills and services.

An estimated 1.2 million people in the UK do not have a bank account, and they therefore miss out on discounts offered to those who pay bills by Direct Debit.

Areas in which these people are worse off include:

  • energy bills and broadband providers, which offer discounts to those paying by direct debit
  • mobile phone providers, which offer better deals via direct debit than via pay-as-you-go
  • limited access to credit, which may force them to turn to ‘doorstep loan’ providers, offering cash loans at high interest rates.

People can be refused for a bank account if they have poor credit, or lack sufficient ID.

For more on this, see the BBC article.


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