NatWest close branches after housing-benefit protests

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Protests sparked by clause in bank’s buy-to-let mortgage agreement forbidding landlords renting to ‘DSS’ tenants

Housing activists have forced NatWest branches across the country to close as part of wider actions attended by hundreds protesting against the bank’s policy of discriminating against renters claiming housing benefit.

A clause in NatWest’s buy-to-let mortgage agreement with landlords forbids renting to “DSS” tenants, a reference to the now-defunct Department for Social Security, with the protests sparked by a recent case that campaigners said highlighted the injustice of the policy.

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