Sunday, 1 May 2016


It is unusual to get cheques nowadays. Even more so to get a cheque issued to me direct from the Government Banking Service account number 10000002.

What would I need to do to get one from account 10000001? Who runs these accounts?

Who operates them? the sort code 23 suggests it is really Barclays, although the Freedom of Information disclosure says that the banks involved are RBS and intriguingly, Citigroup, of Park Avenue, Manhattan...

The same FOIA commentary says that information about government banking has absolute exemptions under section 2(3) of the FOIA. This means that even public interest arguments for and against disclosure don't need to be considered.

Still, at least I've got my money, and on a very interesting cheque.

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