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Building Society Savings Accounts
Why we like it: Tiered interest: £1 to £10,000 – 1.10% Gross/AER, £10,001 to £50,000 – 1.33% Gross/AER, £50,001 to £500,000 – 1.38% Gross/AER. Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £500,000. Open and manage account online. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 16 or older
Why we like it: Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Winner of Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Award in 2021. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted
Why we like it: Interest paid on maturity. Automatic repayment to your linked account. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Must have a UK residential address and be aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted. Can’t have held an Investec Online Flexi Saver or Fixed Rate Saver in the last 12 months
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)
Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - Get £150 when you switch to a First Direct 1st Account, or if you're not ready to switch £20 welcome when you open a current account. You also get access to a 3.5% AER/gross fixed for 12 months Regular Saver Account 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. For the £150 switching cash offer you need to open a 1st Account, switch your everyday banking to us using the Current Account Switch Service and pay in at least £1,000 within three months of opening the account. To get the £20 welcome cash offer you need to open a 1st Account and log into our app / online banking within three months of opening the account. This offer can’t be added to any other joiner or switcher offer
Why we like it: Earn 0.75% 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: 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. Voted best British Bank and Best Current Account 2018 - 2021 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: Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected
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)
Why we like it: Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Winner of Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Award in 2021. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older
Why we like it: Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a £25 cash bonus for deposits of £10,000 or more. Interest paid monthly. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older.
Why we like it: Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £500,000. Open and manage account online. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 16 or older
Compare building society savings accounts
Although building societies are owned by their members or a mutual organisation, the services they offer to savers are broadly the same as for a bank. You can usually choose from a similar range of financial products whether you open a savings account with a building society or a bank.
If you are looking to save in the short term, or want to build up a nest egg over a longer period, you need to make sure you understand the various options available to you before making a decision.
Current accounts often give the best rates of interest for small amounts.
Getting the best rate may mean shopping around and being willing to switch your account to a different provider. If your savings go over the interest-paying limit, then you are likely to earn nothing on the extra balance.
If you want to be able to access your savings whenever you need them, an instant access account will let you do just that. You can usually draw money out at a cash point and/or in a branch as well as making online and phone transfers. There may, however, be a limit to the number of withdrawals you can make per year.
These accounts work the same as instant access savings accounts, but instead of being able to take your money out straightaway, you may need to wait a few days for withdrawal and transfer requests to be processed.
Please note: some banks refer to instant access accounts as easy access accounts, blurring the distinction between the two.
If you can wait a while when you need to access your savings, a notice account can offer better interest rates. When you want to take money out, you will need to let your building society know in advance. How much notice you have to give will be part of your account agreement.
Notice periods tend to range from 40 to 95 days. However, some may go as high as 120 in some cases. Generally speaking, the longer the notice period, the better the interest rate you will receive.
One of the most common ways to save is to put away a little bit each month, slowly building up to a substantial savings pot. Regular savings accounts are designed for this kind of financial planning and offer good rates of interest if you can commit to depositing a minimum amount each month.
The main disadvantage is that it can take a long time to build up a decent amount of capital, meaning the high interest rate may not earn you much of a return initially. However, if you are aiming for more long term savings, a regular savings account can be a great way to go.
If you like the idea of getting a guaranteed rate of interest for a pre-agreed term, a fixed rate bond offers just that. You agree not to touch the money you place in the bond for a set period (usually between 1 and 5 years) and in exchange you will be offered a favourable interest rate for the life of the bond.
The downside is, if you later decide you need to use your savings, you may not be able to get access to them, or might have to pay a significant penalty for doing so. This means fixed rate bonds are usually a good choice only if you are very sure you won’t need your savings until the bond matures.
ISAs allow UK taxpayers to deposit a set amount each year into a savings account without paying tax on the interest. For the 2017/18 tax year the limit is £20,000.
There are two main types of cash ISAs to choose from – fixed term and instant access. They work in much the same way as fixed term and instant access savings accounts, with fixed term cash ISAs usually offering the better interest rates.
It’s worth noting that cash ISAs do not necessarily give the highest interest rates, so you will need to carefully compare your options to see if the tax savings you stand to make will likely be more than the extra interest you could earn on a different account.
Find the best building society savings account for you
Choosing the best building society savings account for you can be difficult when there are so many different options to choose from. Our comparison tool at the top of the page allows you to contrast the different types of accounts from various providers to find the best fit for your finances. We regularly update our results to reflect the best offers currently on the market, so make sure to keep checking back to see the latest deals.