Your nominee can
- Access your transactions and request a balance or statement
- Ask us to send a statement to either party
- Order a chequebook or credit book
- Have and use a debit card for your account
- Access Telephone or Online Banking
Enabling someone else to help you manage your account
Have someone help you – or help someone else
Whether you’d like someone you trust to help you manage your account or you’ve been appointed to act on someone else’s behalf, we’ve outlined the details and we’re here to help.
If you want someone to help you manage your account for a short time, you can set this up with us – there’s no need to register with an authority. You’ll be able choose what they’re allowed to do on your behalf and you can cancel their access at any time.
A power of attorney (PoA) is an easy option if you plan to be abroad for some time or need long-term help managing your affairs. This legal document gives someone the authority to make decisions about property and finances on someone else’s behalf. In some cases, what the attorney can and can’t do will depend on the account holder’s ability to make decisions about their finances.
If you choose to have more than one attorney, it’s important to consider whether you’d like them to act ‘jointly’ or ‘jointly and severally’– this will affect how they manage your account. If they only have authority to act jointly, all attorneys will need to be present to carry out a transaction and they won’t be able to manage your account in Telephone Banking or Online Banking, or hold a debit card.
There are different types of PoAs – visit the Office of the Public Guardian for more information and how to apply. You can also read our Attorney Tootkit [PDF] which we created to answer questions about managing someone else’s account.
An appointeeship, granted by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), allows an appointee to claim benefits on behalf of someone who has lost the mental capacity to manage their own affairs. Only one person can act as an appointee at any one time. The maximum balance on appointee-run accounts is £5,000 as an appointee can only manage state benefits. If you’re dealing with a balance of over £5,000, you’ll need to apply to the Court of Protection to become a deputy.
Once appointed by the DWP and registered with us, you can use a debit card to withdraw cash and make payments.
Find out more on the DWP page on becoming an appointee.
The Court of Protection has the power to appoint a deputy to act on someone else’s behalf if they have lost the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. This could be an option for you if you’re an appointee on a claimant's account with a balance over the maximum of £5,000.
Visit the Court of Protection for more information and how to apply.
Before we can allow someone to access another person’s account, we need them to visit a branch and get set up. Here are the steps you’ll need to take.
If you’ve been legally authorised to access someone’s account, we’ll need to see an original, solicitor-certified or donor-certified copy of your document – whether that’s a power of attorney, appointeeship or Court of Protection Order.
The ‘nominee’ or ‘appointee’ will need to bring any one of the acceptable forms of ID plus any proof of residence listed on our identifications page. If they already bank with us, all they need to bring to prove who they are is their Barclays debit card, Barclaycard credit card or UK passport.
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