This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.
Post Office Current Account
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
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
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)
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
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
Post Office Account
The Standard Account is a straightforward current account that offers free everyday banking with no hidden charges. The Post Office offers the usual necessities of a current account, such as:
- Visa debit card with contactless payments and a cheque book
- A competitive overdraft 14.6% EAR
- Management of your account online, in-branch, over the phone and by mobile
- Setting up Direct Debits and payments
The Post Office is also offering a basic account, called Control which is aimed at people who have previously had trouble with hefty overdraft charges or are trying to stay in control of their finances. It comes with a full banking service, including a debit card.
Control can protect account holders from unexpected bank charges and from accidentally going overdrawn but costs £5 a month. Some other banks offer this service for free so it's worth checking if there might be a better option.
The standard account is for those who want something straightforward and free, provided you stay in credit. You get a debit card and can request a chequebook and apply for an overdraft. You can bank in the standard ways, such as: online, at cashpoints ,on the phone or over the counter.
The Post Office overdraft has a great overdraft option. They maintain that their accounts have a simple overdraft structure with a competitive overdraft interest rate. Rather than having a range of overdraft fees and charges the Post Office has chosen to launch a simple charging structure, with authorised overdrafts costing 14.9% EAR. They don’t have any unauthorised overdraft charges and only charge a £15 fee for payments that are rejected.
On their website they give the representative example: ‘Based on an overdraft limit of £1,200 used in full for a one month period where the variable rate of interest is currently 13.72% per annum, the total charge for credit would be £13.72.’
The Post Office account is has the advantage of a huge network of more than 11,500 branches which is more than all the main UK banks combined. This means you should always be able to find a branch local to you which is very convenient especially for those living in more rural areas.
Overall this is a great standard account with an attractive overdraft rate and plenty of branches. It does not provide interest on your money however, which could be an issue for savers.