What is the Big Nat West Switch?
The Big Nat West Switch aims to use 'People Power' to end Nat West bank's discrimination against people who claim benefits.
NatWest, part of state-controlled RBS, won’t accept landlords having tenants on housing benefits. Given there are 4.2 million housing benefit claimants in Britain, that’s a huge segment of the population.
'DSS' Discrimination isn't just immoral. Treating tenants differently just because they are in receipt of housing benefit is likely to amount to unlawful indirect discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.
Why should I join the Big Switch?
Take the shocking story of Helena McAleer, with a buy-to-let mortgage on a flat in Belfast. Her tenant, a vulnerable older woman, for more than two years always paid the £400-a-month rent on time. The money comes from housing benefit. But when Helena approached her mortgage company, NatWest, for some additional borrowing, she was appalled to be told it would only be possible if she kicked out her tenant.
How very odd that the state bank discriminates against people on state benefits.
But we can use our collective consumer power to change all that.
If lots of Nat West customers come together and register their interest for Tenant's Union's collective banking switch, in one big wave of protest we can send a powerful message to Nat West.
How do I join the Big Switch?
It's easy. The current rules mean that dissatisfied bank customers can move current accounts quickly and without fuss. Just sign up on this page and we'll take care of the rest. Switching should be smooth and completed within seven working days.
It's cost and obligation free to become a Big Switch member, and it's easy too!
We can do this together. By combining our consumer power and acting collectively, we can send Nat West a strong signal of disapproval and take a stand for the poorest renters. Just enter your email address and info to join our collective switch. When we hit 2000 combination members, we will contact you to start the switching process - and together we'll say our goodbyes to Nat West.
If you want to end DSS Discrimination, join our Big Switch now and send a firm message to Nat West: