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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

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

Cashplus
Personal Current Account Cashplus
Open With £0
Account Type Current Account
Features No Credit Checks Online App

Why we like it: A bank account that can build credit history. No credit check during sign up. Apply straight from your mobile. Instant online decision. Get your Contactless Debit Mastercard within 3-5 working days. Add Creditbuilder onto your account and it could help build your credit rating at no extra cost. Deposit cash into your account at any Post Office UK branch. Money is available in your account immediately. Manage your account 24/7 from any device with the banking app - get real time balance information, statements, add payees send payments and apply for extras. Automatic payment alerts. UK based Customer Services Team. Your money is protected up to £85,000 by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme)

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Features 0.30% AER Interest Up To £20,000 £4 pm Account Fee

Why we like it: Earn 0.30% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% cashback on household bills - 1% on council tax bills, Mobile and home phone bills, broadband and paid-for TV packages, and Santander monthly mortgage payments. 2% on Gas and electricity bills, Santander Home Insurance premiums and Santander Life Insurance premiums, and 3% on water bills. Monthly fee of £4. 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

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

Nationwide FlexDirect Current Account

Nationwide Building Society, the second-most-switched-to bank at the moment, is offering a FlexDirect account which could be right for you.

With a simple set of overdraft fees and somewhere guaranteed for your savings, Nationwide FlexDirect pays 5% AER fixed for a year on £2,500, which would give you a maximum £122.25 interest. This rate is fixed for the first year you hold the account, which gives some security in a world of uncertain savings rates. The rate falls to 1% in subsequent years.

To qualify for the interest, you'll need to pay in £1,000+/month. So if you're after an account that pays you interest when you have money in your account, and if you prefer to do your banking online or over the phone then this could be the current account for you.

As standard, Nationwide offers a contactless Visa debit card which efficiently allows you to pay for up to £30 worth of goods or services in a single transaction. While some people still have doubts over the safety of contactless payments they are actually safe and highly secure and are embedded with multiple layers of security to protect you against fraud. If your card is lost or stolen, as long as you report it to your bank as soon as possible in accordance with your bank’s terms, you won’t have to pay for any fraudulent use.

Click here for more information on the Nationwide FlexDirect Current Account »

Nationwide also provides, as standard:

  • Free text alerts to help you manage your account
  • Automated Telephone Banking, open 24/7
  • Award winning secure online banking
  • Withdrawal of up to £500/ day from their ATM network
  • Paperless statements
  • No monthly account fee
  • The full £75,000 UK savings safety guarantee

As the rate is fixed, provided it's still at 5% when you apply for the account, you know that is the rate you will get for the first year, making this a risk-free switch. Despite a number of other competitors cutting their rates, Nationwide has said that there are no planned reductions although its rates are constantly under review.

Useful Information to Know

  • Your interest is calculated on the last day of each month for each day of that month. The interest is then paid on the first day of the next month without tax deducted.
  • They also offer a great refer a friend scheme. If your friend successfully switches to a Nationwide current account you will both receive £100; you can refer up to 10 friends a year.
  • This account also offers a fee free arranged overdraft for 12 months, although the limit you get is credit score dependent. After the 12 months, it charges 50p per day for the overdraft. The total unarranged fees are capped at £95/month which provides some security.

They also offer a first time bank charge refund, so if you let them know you’ve made a mistake, they will refund any overdraft fees which you have incurred.

Overall this is a great account for people who can commit to paying in £1000 per month and want to make the most out of their money. The 12 month fee free overdraft is very attractive as well as the chance to earn up to £1000 through their refer-a-friend scheme.

Click here for more information on the Nationwide FlexDirect Current Account »

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