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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Ulster Bank
eSavings Ulster Bank
Min deposit £1
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.25%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING. 1.25% AER Gross (variable). Open with £1. A simple instant access savings account. Manage your account online, by telephone banking or via our mobile app. You'll need to be 18 or over and a UK resident

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.20%

Why we like it: No notice period. Deposit from £100. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply in minutes.

Ford Money
Flexible Saver Ford Money
Min deposit £1
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.12%

Why we like it: Open with £1. Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. Open an account singly or jointly. Interest can be paid monthly or annually. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

B
Current and Savings Account B
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 0.5%

Why we like it: INNOVATIVE NEW BANKING SERVICE powered by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. Get your current account and instant access savings account working together. Earn 0.50% AER on ALL instant access credit balances and 0.25% AER on current account balances up to £2,000. Fee free

Masthaven Bank
Flexible Term Saver Masthaven Bank
Min deposit £500
Term 6 Months
Interest AER 1.00%

Why we like it: 6 month term. Interest can be paid monthly or annually. Minimum deposit £500, Maximum deposit £250,000. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

Masthaven Bank
Flexible Term Saver Masthaven Bank
Min deposit £500
Term 9 Months
Interest AER 1.30%

Why we like it: 9 month term. Interest can be paid monthly or annually. Minimum deposit £500, Maximum deposit £250,000. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

Masthaven Bank
Flexible Term Saver Masthaven Bank
Min deposit £500
Term 18 Months
Interest AER 1.70%

Why we like it: 18 month term. Interest can be paid monthly or annually. Minimum deposit £500, Maximum deposit £250,000. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

Ford Money
Fixed Saver Ford Money
Min deposit £500
Term 1 Year
Gross AER 1.70%

Why we like it: Minimum deposit £500. Open an account singly or jointly. Interest can be paid monthly or annually. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 1.85%

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

Masthaven Bank
Flexible Term Saver Masthaven Bank
Min deposit £500
Term 30 Months
Interest AER 1.85%

Why we like it: 30 month term. Interest can be paid monthly or annually. Minimum deposit £500, Maximum deposit £250,000. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 2 Years
Interest AER 2.00%

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

Vanquis
Fixed Rate Bond Vanquis
Min deposit £1000
Term 4 Years
Interest AER 2.10%

Why we like it: Minimum deposit £1,000. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply online. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

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Scottish Widows Fixed Rate ISA

There are a range of Cash ISAs available at the moment each offering a competitive rate of interest.

Many people are opting for current accounts in order to maximise their savings, particularly 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.

However, there are still some great options for savers who’d like to put away more money than the current accounts will pay interest on.

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.

Scottish Widows offer a range of ISAs for both personal and non-personal use. If you have a charity or small organisation then it’s worth checking out their fixed term accounts specially designed for this kind of saving. For personal use they have the E-Cash ISA3 which offers an online fixed term way to save. They offer one and two year fixed terms.

E-CASH ISA 3

Scottish Widow currently only offer an E-Cash ISA as a personal tax free savings option which is operated via internet banking. The advantage of this is that you can manage your account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Interest is calculated on a daily basis from the day the funds are cleared. It is applied twice a year on 1st  April and 1st October or yearly on 1st April, without tax deducted.

The minimum balance on this ISA is £10 which is a great alternative to a lot of ISAs which require a high minimum deposit of £1000.

They also offer:

  • Inward transfer of cash ISAs (previously known as mini cash ISAs), stocks & shares ISAs and innovative finance ISAs are accepted. To transfer in from another provider you need to complete the ISA transfer instruction form which they provide
  • Telephone access to customer service team from 8am until 6pm weekdays
  • No hidden costs or charges
  • Able to invest on behalf of your children.

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.

The annual ISA limit can be found at www.gov.uk/individual-savings-accounts. This amount can be paid into a cash ISA, a stocks & shares ISA, an innovative finance ISA or a combination of the three.

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