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No British pensions paid to Cypriot bank accounts

British pensions will not be paid into Cypriot bank accounts for the "foreseeable future" and expats are being advised to open UK accounts, the Department of Work and Pensions said today. A spokesman said:

We are advising customers to change the bank account into which payments are made, for example by nominating an alternative bank account or the account of a 'trusted friend' which is permissible under our current rules on benefit payment.

This is a practical measure to ensure that payments reach our customers promptly, and we are not advising these customers to close their Cypriot bank accounts.

Customers who do not currently have another bank account may wish to open one. HM Treasury have also worked with Barclays to put in place a process so that individuals can open a bank account quickly if they wish to do so.


Cyprus bailout sets 'profound precedents' for Eurozone

A Financial Times leader article (£) has said that the Cyprus bailout has set "profound precedents" for Eurozone banking.

A contemplated deposit raid and actual capital controls will weigh on the European economy.

Against that, some healthy precedents are set by the deal. Broke banks can be resolved and not kept alive by the taxpayers of their own or other countries.

The hierarchy of claims will be respected: the bail-in of senior bonds is a big improvement on earlier “rescues”.

The quiescence of markets prove they can tell solvent debtors from insolvent ones.

– Financial Times


Cyprus central bank to limit money movement temporarily

Nicos Anastasiades speaking this evening.

Cyprus will introduce capital restrictions to prevent an outflow of money when its banks reopen this week but the measures will be "very temporary," President Nicos Anastasiades said this evening.

"The central bank will implement capital controls on transactions," he said in a televised address to the nation.

"I want to assure you that this will be a very temporary measure that will gradually be relaxed."

Anastasiades said the bailout deal reached overnight in frantic talks with the island's partners in the eurozone was "painful" but the best under the circumstances.

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