We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The FSCS can pay compensation to depositors if a bank is unable to meet its financial obligations. Most depositors - including most individuals and small businesses - are covered by the scheme.
In respect of deposits, an eligible depositor is entitled to claim up to £85.000. For joint accounts each account holder is treated as having a claim in respect of their share so, for a joint account held by two eligible depositors, the maximum amount that could be claimed would be £85.000 each (making a total of £170.000). The £85.000 limit relates to the combined amount in all the eligible depositor's accounts with the bank, including their share of any joint account, and not to each separate account.
first direct and HSBC are both trading names of HSBC Bank plc and customers who hold deposits under both trading names will only be eligible for one claim of up to the FSCS deposit limit in total.
For further information about the scheme (including the amounts covered and eligibility to claim) please ask at your local branch, refer to the FSCS website www.FSCS.org.uk or call 020 7741 4100 or 0800 678 1100.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNS THE HSBC BANK CUSTOMERS ONLY