More than 1,000 Ceredigion residents have signed a petition calling on the council to stop using Barclays bank.

Senior councillors were told “the relevant service” would be dealing with a petition titled “Get our Council taxes out of Barclays” at a meeting on Tuesday (July 26).

Ceredigion County Council’s cabinet did not discuss the petition, started by climate change campaigners Extinction Rebellion, but a report to the meeting states that around 1,100 people have signed it.

It states: “The residents of Ceredigion require the County Council to stop paying our taxes into Barclays which is well known to be the dirtiest bank in Europe.”


It adds: “It is the worst for financing fossil fuels, which the International Energy Agency says must stop now if we are to avoid extreme weather events, it is a leader in deforestation and it shareholders take no responsibility for the destruction of indigenous people’s lives.

“Instead, we should hold our money in a bank with a good ethiscore. Currently Triodos is the only bank with a good ethiscore and safe bank account facilities for Councils and residents, but we hope others will follow.”

Extinction Rebellion has held similar demonstrations against Barclays and other high street banks, across the UK in the last year.