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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

HSBC
Advance Current Account HSBC
Open With £1750
Account Type Current Account
Features Get £125 when you Switch

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - £125 for SWITCHING to an HSBC Advance Account. Earn 1.00% AER/gross when you save between £25 and £250 per month. Arranged overdraft limit of at least £1,000 on account opening. Money banking app. No monthly account fee. Easy switching with the Current Account Switch Service. Must be 18 or older and be UK resident. Must pay in £1,750 per month or £10,500 over 6 months. Must be approved for an arranged overdraft of £1,000+. Get the £125 when switching to an HSBC Advance Account as a new customer with at least 2 Direct Debits or standing orders. Offer for new customers only who haven’t held an HSBC current account, or opened a first direct account since 1 January 2018. Eligibility criteria and T&C’s apply. Offer may be withdrawn anytime

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

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 0.55%

Why we like it: Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 2 Years
Interest AER 0.7%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING. Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 3 Years
Interest AER 0.8%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING. Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.4%

Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. No notice period. Deposit from £100. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply in minutes. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services. Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Aldermore
Easy Access Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term Easy Access
Interest AER 0.3%

Why we like it: Market Leading. Balances from £1,000 to £1 million. Unlimited withdrawals without restriction or loss of interest. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

RCI Bank
95 Day Notice Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 95 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.45%

Why we like it: Unlimited withdrawals subject to 95 days notice.

RCI Bank
Fixed Rate Bond RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 4 Years
Interest AER 0.9%

Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. Save from £1,000 to £1,000,000. No withdrawals before the end of the term. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

RCI Bank
Fixed Rate Bond RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 5 Years
Interest AER 0.95%

Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. Save from £1,000 to £1,000,000. No withdrawals before the end of the term. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

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

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RBS Fixed Rate ISA

An ISA is a tax efficient way to save and stands for Individual Savings Account. An ISA lets you pay little or no tax on the interest your savings and investments making them a popular choice for saving large amounts of money.

They have become less popular since the new PSA (Personal Savings Allowance) has allowed lower rate tax payers to save up to £1000 tax-free and higher rate tax payers up to £500. As many current accounts are now offering competitive rates of interest, many people are moving away from ISAs.

Why use an ISA?

As your tax-free amount is much higher in an ISA, there are still opportunities for savers to make the most of their money.

Paying into an ISA is called ‘subscribing’. You can subscribe to one of each type of ISA each tax year, providing you do not subscribe more than your annual ISA allowance. For the 2017/2018 tax year that runs from 6th April 2017 to 5th April 2018 your annual ISA allowance is £20,000.

ISAs are a good idea whatever your savings goal. With certain types of cash ISAs, you have instant access to your money, which makes it a flexible way to plan your finances.

It’s also important to remember that ISA allowance limits apply to everyone on an individual basis, so if you’re married or in a relationship, you can both hold your own ISA, each with the full allowance.

What do RBS offer?

RBS offer two kinds of tax-free ISA. Their Fixed Rate ISA and their Instant Cash ISA. Their Fixed Rate ISA allows you to:

  • Have a fixed interest rate on your cash ISA so you know in advance what your savings will earn
  • Choose a term that suit you, either one or two years
  • Keep all the interest - which helps your savings grow faster
  • Make transfers into your ISA, so you can bring all your ISAs together in one place

You will earn a higher rate of interest on the two year plan and for any amount above £25,000.

Useful to Know

As this is a fixed rate ISA, you cannot withdraw your money during the agreed term. If you do choose to withdraw your money, then you will incur an early closure charge. They offer both one year and two year terms, so be sure to pick one that’s right for you. Also:

  • The minimum deposit is £1,000
  • The early closure charge is the lower of the amount of interest earned on your account in 90 days
  • You will need your National Insurance Number to apply for any ISA

RBS is one of the few banks that offer a fixed rate ISA for one year, as many offer a two year minimum and some up to five year minimums. For many people this time frame isn’t convenient and so RBS are offering an easy way for savers to take the plunge and begin their savings.

However, they do not currently offer the highest rate of interest on the market.

 

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