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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Investec Savings
Online Flexi Saver Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.58%

Why we like it: Instant access to your savings. Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. Interest paid monthly, either to a linked current account, or adding it to your Online Flexi Saver account. Easy application process, you just need a UK mobile phone and UK driving licence or passport. Manage account online. Maximum balance £250,000. Must be aged 18 or older and have a UK address. Must have a linked UK current account. Your eligible deposits with Investec Bank are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Aldermore
Double Access Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term Easy Access
Interest AER Up to 0.6%

Why we like it: 0.60% AER if customer makes two or fewer withdrawals within an anniversary year. Monthly or annual interest. Manage your account online. Covered by the FSCS. If a customer makes three or more withdrawals in an anniversary year the rate reduces to 0.10% from the date of the third withdrawal. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older

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)

RCI Bank
95 Day Notice Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 95 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.82%

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

Investec Savings
32 Day Notice Account Investec Savings
Min deposit £1000
Term 32 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.8%

Why we like it: Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a cash bonus. Interest paid monthly. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Withdrawals subject to 32 days notice. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older

Aldermore
120 Day Notice Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term 120 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.7%

Why we like it: Monthly interest. Manage your account online. Unlimited deposits. Covered by the FSCS. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 18 or older. Unlimited withdrawals subject to 120 days notice. Maximum deposit £1,000,000

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.

HSBC
Advance Current Account HSBC
Open With £1750
Account Type Current Account
Features Get £110 when you Switch

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - Get £110 + £30 Uber Eats voucher or The Dining Out Gift Card when you switch to an HSBC Advance Bank 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 £110 when switching to an HSBC Advance Account as a new customer using the Current Account Switch Service within 30 days of account opening, with at least 2 Direct Debits or standing orders. Eligibility criteria and T&C's apply. Offer may be withdrawn anytime. Offer isn’t available to customers who have held a HSBC current account, or opened a first direct account since 1 January 2018.

First Direct
1st Current Account First Direct
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE Account Regular Saver paying 1.00% AER/Gross

Why we like it: Access to Regular Saver Account paying 1.00% AER/Gross fixed for 12 months if saving between £25 and £300 a month (up to £3,600 per year). £250 interest-free overdraft (subject to status). No minimum monthly funding and no monthly account fee. Mobile banking app. UK based contact centre. Easy switching with the Current Account Switch Service. Must be 18 or older and UK resident. Get the £100 when switching as a new customer and paying in at least £1,000 within three months of the account opening

Santander
Everyday Current Account Santander
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features £130 Cashback when you Switch

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. £130 cashback when you complete a full switch to a Santander Everyday Current Account within 60 days, set up 2 Direct Debits, pay in £1,000 and log into Online or Mobile Banking. T&Cs apply.

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Features £130 Cashback when you Switch

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - £130 cashback when you switch to a Santander 123 Current Account. 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. £130 cashback when you complete a full switch to a Santander 123 Current Account within 60 days, set up 2 Direct Debits, pay in £1,000 and log into Online or Mobile Banking. T&Cs apply.

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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CAF Bank Instant Access Savings Accounts

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) not only provides a channel for the public to give to charity more effectively, but they also offer personal and business banking services. They provide a range of savings accounts, including high interest instant access savings accounts.

CAF Gold Account

One of the high interest accounts available through CAF is their Gold account. This account allows you to have instant access to your savings and has no restrictions on how often you deposit or withdraw from your account.

CAF’s Gold account comes with competitive interest rates, which provide some of the best monthly interest that high street banks have to offer. Its selection of features make the Gold account suitable for students, young professionals, over 50s, those look toward retirement and retired individuals. The Gold account can be opened by anyone over the age of 18 and it does not have any upper age limit restrictions, which means it is suitable as a savings account for over 60s.

Features include:

  • Competitive interest rates
  • Open an account with just £1,000
  • No minimum operating balance
  • Maximum balance of £1.5 million
  • Unlimited withdrawals
  • Easy saver rates
  • Manage your accounts instantaneously with online access

Review our table above to compare CAF’s savings account with other instant access high street savings accounts.

Quick online application setup from CAF

With UK savings rates at an all time low you need to take action to ensure your savings are getting the best interest deal possible.

The interest rates that are currently available through savings accounts are not high enough to match inflation, let alone beat it. As a result, peoples’ savings are eroding in real terms. Despite the large number of savings accounts available to the general public, there are no accounts that provide any real financial advantage. This is because the savings accounts’ interest rates on offer are based on the Bank of England’s base rate.  We can help you compare a selection of some of the best interest paying accounts. 

For savers looking to access their money regularly, a good instant access savings account will offer flexible withdrawal facilities while combining these with a good rate of interest.

See here for a comparison of leading UK instant access accounts 

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