Barclays is committed to helping its customers, clients, colleagues, and the wider community deal with the current unprecedented medical and economic crisis caused by Covid-19, and in preparing for recovery in its aftermath.

The bank has already made available free everyday banking and overdrafts to 650,000 small businesses, waived overdraft and other fees for customers, and is helping to implement the UK Government’s support schemes.

It will be setting out further programmes to assist businesses and households in the coming days and weeks.

The bank has set up The Barclays Foundation, initially to provide a Covid-19 Community Aid Package of £100m to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by the virus, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

The package is made up of two components.

First, a corporate contribution of £50m, which will be donated to, and deployed via, a variety of charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by Covid-19, and in alleviating the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis. The money will be disbursed principally in the UK, but also in Barclays’ international markets, including the USA and India.

Second, is a £50m commitment by Barclays to match personal donations made by its employees to charities of their choice, local to them, and which are working to support communities impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

The initiative represents a corporate commitment over all of £100m by Barclays, and potentially translates to up to £150 million of aid provided to hard hit communities through the additional individual donations of Barclays’ employees.

Barclays PLC chairman Nigel Higgins, group CEO Jes Staley, and the group finance director Tushar Morzaria have each decided to donate a third of their fixed pay for the next six months to charities engaged in supporting vulnerable people impacted by Covid-19. These will be matched in full by the company under the matched donation programme.

Barclays group CEO Jes Staley said: “As a bank we have been doing all we can to look after our customers, clients, and colleagues through this crisis, made possible by tens of thousands of amazing and dedicated Barclays people around the world who have been doing their utmost to keep our services running, and support the economy.

“We want to do more to back the communities in which we live and work, and to provide help to those who have been hardest hit by the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

“That’s why we’ve launched this community aid package, which we hope will make a positive difference, working with charity partners here in the UK and around the world to deliver help where it’s needed most.”