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The best notice savings accounts

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31 July 2014

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You used to be able to earn a better rate if you locked your money away rather than putting it in an instant-access savings account. But is that still the case?

If you want to put some money away but don’t think you’ll need to access it in too much of a hurry, a notice savings account has always been a good option.

As the name implies, these accounts require you to give some notice before you withdraw your money or you’ll lose the interest you’ve built up.

In return, they historically offered better rates than instant-access savings accounts, although the rates aren't usually as good as you’ll find with fixed-rate bonds, which lock your money away for longer.

Sadly, in line with other savings products, interest rates on notice accounts have fallen sharply over the course of the past couple of years, particularly for 60-day and 90-day accounts. A considerable number of accounts have even been withdrawn for new customers.

That's partly because banks and building societies are generally lending less so don't need the same level of deposits as they did in the past. They are also able to borrow money at cheaper rates, thanks to programmes such as the Government's Funding For Lending scheme.

Let's have a look at the top accounts across the different notice periods and see how they compare to other types of savings accounts.

Top 30-day notice accounts

Account

Interest rate AER

Minimum deposit

Access

Notes

Harpenden Building Society 1.51% £1000 Branch, post  
Post Office: Reward Saver 6 1.50% £500 Branch, phone, post Rate includes 0.30% bonus for first year

Principality BS: Principality Promise Saver

1.26%

£500

Branch, post

 

Aldermore 30 Day Notice Issue 5  1.25% £1000 Online, branch, phone  

Darlington BS Loyalty Bonus

1.25% £1 Post, branch  

The best rate around is 1.51% - which you can also get in an instant-access account - and you'll need to watch out for the interest rate drop on these two when the bonus period ends. 

Top 60-day notice accounts

Account

Interest rate AER

Minimum deposit

Access

Machester BS: 60 Day Platinum Notice 
Issue 4

1.50% £1,000 Branch, post, agency

Loughborough BS 50 Day Notice 2

1.40% £50 Branch, post

Kent Reliance BS: 60-Day Notice Issue 7

1.35%

£1,000

Online, post, branch

Nottingham BS Branch Notice 1.25% £500 Branch

Skipton BS 45-Day Notice Account

1.25%

£100

Branch, post, telephone

There a number of other accounts that only cater to savers in the local area which may be worth a look. However, it’s worth noting that locking your money up for an extra 30 days may actually bag you a worse rate than with a 30-day notice account. 

Top 90-day notice accounts

Account

Interest rate AER

Minimum deposit

Access

Notes

Julian Hodge Bank 90 Day Notice Deposit 1.70% £10,000 Branch, post  
Monmouth BS Income Generator Issue 3 1.41% £5000 Post, branch, online  
Derbyshire BS 90 Day Saver Issue 5 1.25% £1,000 Branch  

United Bank 90-Day Notice Gold account

1.20%

£1

Branch, post

 

Norwich & Peterborough BS: Branch Notice Saver Issue 3 1.20% £1 Branch, phone, post  

Again, these rates offer little improvement on notice accounts with shorter notice periods.

Top longer-term notice accounts

Account

Interest rate AER

Minimum deposit

Notice

Access

Shawbrook Bank 120-Day Notice Personal Savings 
Account Issue 16

1.90%

£1,000

120 days

Online, post

Islamic Bank of Britain 120 Day Notice 1.81% £250 120 days Online, post, branch, phone

Raphael's Bank Sapphire Account

1.75% £5000 6 months Branch, post 

Again, there’s not much benefit to locking your cash up for such a long term- you'll need a much greater deposit for a meagre return.

A word or two on interest rates

You'll notice the Post Office Reward Saver account comes with bonus interest rates for the first year. If you decide to plump for this one, it's worth keeping an eye on that rate, as when it disappears the account will drop to a much lower, almost certainly uncompetitive rate. Some interest rates are also variable, which means they could be cut or increased at any point.

Is an ISA a better option?

If you don't have a huge pool of money to save and you're likely to need access to it at some point, you could put it in an easy access or short-term notice Cash ISA.

While these are better used for long-term savings, if you're not going to have any spare cash to top up your savings you'll probably earn a better interest rate. And of course you won't pay any tax on the interest. For the latest rates, take a look at The UK's best Cash ISAs. Just remember that once you've used some or all of your yearly allowance it's gone for good.

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Finally, just a reminder that all the above accounts are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).  This guarantees your savings up to £85,000 per financial licence (if you want to see who owns who, read Who owns your bank or building society?) in the event it goes under.

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The UK's best Cash ISAs

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