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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Santander
Everyday Current Account Santander
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE Account Earn up to 15% cashback

Why we like it: No minimum monthly funding or monthly fee to maintain the account. Earn up to 15% cashback with Retailer Offers. Stress-free account switching in 7 days with the Current Account Switch Service. £300 ATM withdrawal per day, Arranged Overdraft facility (subject to status). Online and Mobile Banking with text and email alerts. Must be 18 or older and live in the UK permanently. 39.94% EAR overdraft charge. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Nationwide
FlexAccount Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE Account

Why we like it: Everyday current accout. No monthly account fee. Access to Flexclusives - Select Credit Card and low personal loan rate. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Starling Bank
Mobile App Bank Account Starling Bank
Open With £0
Account Type Mobile Bank Account
Features Fee FREE Account Pays 0.05% AER

Why we like it: Free current account. Pays 0.05% AER interest on balances up to £85,000. Get set up in minutes. Send money abroad: Fast and secure money transfers to bank accounts in 38 countries worldwide. No fees when you pay with your card abroad or withdraw money. Get a spotlight on your spending: See what you’ve spent instantly with real-time payment notifications. 3 month interest holiday on the first £500 of an arranged overdraft. Best British Bank and Best Current Account in 2020 at the British Bank Awards. Awarded 5 stars by Defaqto. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Childrens Current Account
Features 0.30% AER Interest Up To £20,000 £5 pm Account Fee

Why we like it: Earn 0.60% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% CASHBACK on various household bills. Monthly fee of £5. Cashback capped at £5 for each cashback tier each month. Must pay in £500 pm. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Nationwide
FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Features 2% AER Interest (T&Cs)* Fee Free Account

Why we like it: *2.00% interest for 12 months on balances up to £1,500 for the first year. You must pay in £1,000 or more each month to receive interest (excluding transfers from any Nationwide account held by you or anyone else). 12 month fee-free arranged overdraft available. No monthly fee. Access to Flexclusives - Select Credit Card and low personal loan rate. Must be aged 18 or older. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Nationwide
FlexPlus Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Free insurance £13 pm Account Fee

Why we like it: UK & Europe Breakdown Cover, Worldwide family travel and mobile phone insurance, and commission-free cash withdrawals and card payments abroad. Free mobile banking app, text alerts and secure online banking. Access to Flexclusives - Select Credit Card and low personal loan rate. £13 monthly account fee. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Santander
123 Mini Current Account Santander
Open With £0
Account Type Childrens Current Account
Features Children 18 or under 3% AER Interest (T&Cs)

Why we like it: Can be opened by or on behalf of any child up to the age of 18. Debit or cash card available for those aged between 13 and 18. Monthly interest. No monthly fee. For children under age 13, the account must be opened in trust and managed by an adult (trustee). If you’re aged between 13 and 18 years old and live permanently in the UK you can apply online by telephone or in branch. No overdraft facility. 1% interest on the entire balance once the balance is £100, 2.00% AER/1.98% gross (variable) on the entire balance once the balance is £1,500, 3.00% AER/2.96% gross (variable) on the entire balance once the balance is £1,500 or over (up to a maximum of £2,000). Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Rewards with Co-op Current Account


The Co-op current account offers a basic bank account with no monthly fees which includes:

  • A Visa Debit Card
  • Cash withdrawals
  • Easy to set up Standing Orders, Direct Debits and payments
  • 24/7 Telephone and Internet Banking and excellent customer service
  • An overdraft facility can be requested (subject to checks) and is charged on the total overdraft balance at 18.9% EAR variable
  • The unplanned overdraft cost contains a £20 buffer, then a £10 per month service charge. The charges are maxed at £60 per quarter

 The minimum monthly pay-in for this account is £800.

 Free Rewards

  1. The Co-op are currently offering a joining reward of £150 and up to £5.50 per month. As incentives go, this one of the better ones around at the moment

New customers must complete a full switch to The Co-operative Bank using the Current Account Switch Service and switch at least 4 active Direct Debits. This excludes recipients of previous switching incentives.

To obtain the reward, you have to switch your current account within 7 days with the Switch service. Your salary, as well as direct debits, standing orders and bill payments will be automatically transferred and payments into and out of your old account will be redirected.

  1. To receive the extra £5.50 per month with the Everyday Rewards scheme you must meet certain criteria. However, if you hold the account for a year you can earn up to £216. After the first year this will become a maximum of £66 per year.

To get the monthly rewards, first you must sign up to Everyday Rewards and as long as you pay in £800 per month, pay four direct debits, use online or mobile banking, stay within your overdraft limit and receive paperless statements then you will receive a four pound a month reward.

If you meet all the criteria above, then you'll also get 5p per debit card transaction as part of Everyday Rewards, up to a maximum of £1.50 per month

Other Useful Information

  • Co-op Bank currently doesn't intend to change the switch rewards offered with this account
  • You need to fully switch using the Co-op's Switch Service which includes the transfer of four direct debits
  • You won’t receive the bonus if you've had a Co-op current account sign-up bonus since January 2014
  • You will be able to apply for the account online, however, you'll need to call or go into a branch to complete your switch
  • Co-op Bank shares the £75,000 UK savings safety guarantee with Britannia BS and Smile, so it’s worth making sure you don’t have more than this amount across the three banks

 

It’s worth noting that there is no in-credit interest for this account but this can be made up by the Everyday Rewards scheme. Overall this is a good basic account which offers everything you need along with a few bonus incentives.

 

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