Barclays decision to close UWT account

    Press Release
    19 December 2008

    Barclays decision to close UWT account

    The Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT) is dismayed by receiving a 30 day notice from Barclays to close their bank account. The trust has been banking with Barclays since its inception in 2001 in order to carry out relief operations in over twenty countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East providing support to over a million people.

    Barclays Bank has given no apparent reason to why the notice has been served. UWT Director of Operations Mohammed Ahmed said in a statement, “We are deeply concerned with Barclays Bank’s decision to close our accounts without any justification. This decision will not only affect the great work carried out by UWT but will affect millions of people who rely on UWT. This decision sets a dangerous precedent of disrupting British charities without any substance, especially as INTERPAL is in the process of having its bank accounts closed by Lloyds TSB. Targeting charities in this way shows there is a concerted attempt to stop the good work in politically-sensitive regions by leading British Muslim charities.  

    UWT is calling on all supporters and friends to urge Barclays Bank to review its decision so UWT can continue its humanitarian projects across the world without any disruption. UWT would like to reassure its supporters this is a decision of a bank and does not reflect the view of the Charity Commission.

    View Barclays Letter. [0.5MB, PDF]

    Notes to Editors: 

    • Ummah Welfare Trust is a UK registered international relief and development charity operating in over 25 countries. For further details, visit or contact: UWT Head Office, 351 Derby St. Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL3 6LR.

          T: 01204 383 732.


    • For all media enquires, please contact the Media Officer on 01204 383 732. 

    Help UWT now! Contact Barclays and ask for a reason of account closure and inform them that you and your associates will be closing your accounts if the decision is not immediately reversed.

    Your support is vital for the cause of humanity. 

    You can contact Barclays Bank in the following ways:

    Call Barclays now on 0800 282 390 / 0207 116 7488 

    Email Barclays Business Manager Mr. Columb O'shea: and Mr. John Varley:

    Write to:

                    John Varley
                    Group Chief Executive
                    Barclays Bank
                    1 Churchill Place
                    E14 5HP

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