Charities Reliant on More Than One Signatory for Payments, Offered More Choice

9 Jan 2014 Shauna O'Neill    Last updated: 17 Aug 2014

From the New Year, thanks to a collaborative project led by the Payments Council, businesses, small clubs and societies that authorise their payments using more than one signatory will have greater choice.

This is because their nominated signatories will be able to authorise payments using either online banking or, in some cases, phone banking facilities, instead of relying on cheques as they do now.

The aim of this collaborative project has been to give charities, businesses, small clubs and societies - which rely on dual or multiple signatories for security purposes - more choice in how they make and manage their payments. Payments Council members* committed to this work to make electronic alternatives available as part of the 2011 National Payments Plan. Charities will, of course, be able to continue to use cheques as the industry has committed to make cheques available for as long as customers need them.

The commitment was to ensure that any Payments Council member offering multiple or dual authorisation cheque facilities to an existing business customer should deliver an online or phone banking alternative by the end of 2013.

Any business interested in having the ability to authorise a payment with more than one person should speak to their bank or building society. The facility and the option to allow customers to authorise payments with more than one person is a competitive feature of accounts and, therefore, specific product details and associated terms and conditions may differ from institution to institution.     

* The Payments Council members who currently offer multiple or dual authorisation cheque facilities and who made the commitment to deliver greater choice for their customers from the new year are: Barclays Bank plc, Clydesdale Bank plc, Danske Bank, HSBC Bank plc, Lloyds Bank plc, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (including NatWest), and Santander UK plc.

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by Shauna O'Neill

Communications Officer

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