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Halifax 5 Year ISA Saver Fixed
Account Type
Cash ISA
Open With
£500
Interest Rate
1.8% AER fixed for 5 years
Protection Scheme
FSCS
No withdrawals allowed except on early closure subject to the loss of 365 days tax-free interest.
Halifax 3 Year ISA Saver Fixed
Account Type
Cash ISA
Open With
£500
Interest Rate
1.6% AER fixed for 3 years
Protection Scheme
FSCS
No withdrawals allowed except on early closure subject to the loss of 270 days tax-free interest.
Halifax 2 Year ISA Saver Fixed
Account Type
Cash ISA
Open With
£500
Interest Rate
1.5% AER fixed for 2 years
Protection Scheme
FSCS
No withdrawals allowed except on early closure subject to the loss of 180 days tax-free interest.
NatWest 2 Year Fixed Rate ISA Issue 127
Account Type
Cash ISA
Open With
£1,000
Interest Rate
1.5% AER fixed until 13 Jul 2017 on £25,000+
Protection Scheme
FSCS
Interest will be paid at the rate of 1.50% AER/Gross (fixed) p.a. until the Fixed Rate ISA maturity date - 18th May 2017.
RBS 2 Year Fixed Rate ISA Issue 127
Account Type
Cash ISA
Open With
£1,000
Interest Rate
1.5% AER fixed until 13 Jul 2017 on £25,000+
Protection Scheme
FSCS
Interest will be paid at the rate of 1.50% AER/Gross (fixed) p.a. until the Fixed Rate ISA maturity date - 18th May 2017.
Halifax Fixed Saver - 3 Year Term
Account Type
Fixed Bond
Open With
£500
Interest Rate
1.4% AER fixed for 3 years
Protection Scheme
FSCS
Sainsbury's Bank eSaver Special
Account Type
Easy Access
Open With
£1,000
Interest Rate
1.3% AER variable on £30,000+
Protection Scheme
FSCS
Halifax 18 Month ISA Saver Fixed
Account Type
Cash ISA
Open With
£500
Interest Rate
1.3% AER fixed for 18 months
Protection Scheme
FSCS
No withdrawals allowed except on early closure subject to the loss of 135 days tax-free interest.
Halifax 1 Year ISA Saver Fixed
Account Type
Cash ISA
Open With
£500
Interest Rate
1.25% AER fixed for 1 year
Protection Scheme
FSCS
No withdrawals allowed except on early closure subject to the loss of 90 days tax-free interest.
NatWest 1 Year Fixed Rate ISA Issue 126
Account Type
Cash ISA
Open With
£1,000
Interest Rate
1.25% AER fixed until 13 Jul 2016 on £25,000+
Protection Scheme
FSCS
Interest will be paid at the rate of 1.25% AER/Gross (fixed) p.a. until the Fixed Rate ISA maturity date - 18th May 2016.
RBS 1 Year Fixed Rate ISA Issue 126
Account Type
Cash ISA
Open With
£1,000
Interest Rate
1.25% AER fixed until 13 Jul 2016 on £25,000+
Protection Scheme
FSCS
Interest will be paid at the rate of 1.25% AER/Gross (fixed) p.a. until the Fixed Rate ISA maturity date - 18th May 2016.
Halifax Fixed Saver - 1 Year Term
Account Type
Fixed Bond
Open With
£500
Interest Rate
1.05% AER fixed for 1 year
Protection Scheme
FSCS
NatWest Cash ISA
Account Type
Cash ISA
Open With
£1
Interest Rate
1% AER variable on £25,000+
Protection Scheme
FSCS
Earn tax free interest of up to 1.00% AER (variable) on balances of at least £25,000 and earn up to 0.50% AER (variable) on balances below £25,000.
RBS Instant Access ISA
Account Type
Cash ISA
Open With
£1
Interest Rate
1% AER variable on £25,000+
Protection Scheme
FSCS
Earn tax free interest of up to 1.00% AER (variable) on balances of at least £25,000 and earn up to 0.50% AER (variable) on balances below £25,000.
Halifax ISA Saver Variable
Account Type
Cash ISA
Open With
£1
Interest Rate
0.8% AER variable inc. 0.30% fixed bonus for 12 months
Protection Scheme
FSCS
0.80% tax free/AER variable including 12 month fixed bonus of 0.30%.
NatWest Instant Saver
Account Type
Instant Access
Open With
£1
Interest Rate
0.5% AER variable
Protection Scheme
FSCS
RBS Instant Saver
Account Type
Instant Access
Open With
£1
Interest Rate
0.5% AER variable
Protection Scheme
FSCS
HSBC Regular Saver (Premier, Advance, Passport) Ex/C
Account Type
Regular Saver
Open With
£25
Interest Rate
6% AER fixed for 1 year
Protection Scheme
FSCS
This product is only available to existing customers.
M&S Bank Monthly Saver
Account Type
Regular Saver
Open With
£25
Interest Rate
6% AER fixed for 1 year
Protection Scheme
FSCS
This product is only available to M&S Premium Current Account holders.
HSBC Regular Saver (Bank Account & Graduate) Ex/C
Account Type
Regular Saver
Open With
£25
Interest Rate
4% AER fixed for 1 year
Protection Scheme
FSCS
This product is only available to existing customers.

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How to Find the Best Branch Savings Accounts

If you still like the personal touch when dealing with your finances, nothing beats talking to someone face to face. Our guide looks at how to find the best branch savings accounts.

Banking has changed over the years to reflect customers' demands - people want to be able to run their finances twenty four hours a day and from the comfort of their homes.

Many accounts can now be run online and by phone, without ever requiring you to set foot in a branch. They even offer some of the best rates, since they're cheaper for banks to run.

However, if you prefer to run your finances in branch savings accounts offered by high street banks and building societies might be more your cup of tea. As well as letting you deposit cash if you need to, they let you talk to a real person, and sometimes might even offer a bit of good old-fashioned customer service!

If you're not a fan of online banking but still want a decent interest rate, you'll need to compare the best branch based savings accounts to make sure you get a good deal. Here's what to look for:

Location of branches

If you want to be able to visit your branch regularly, you'll need to pick one that's easy to get to!

It's easy to search for the nearest bank and building society branches using our branch finder. If there's not one nearby, you might want to consider using a different bank.

Other ways to operate the account

It's worth considering how you would run your account if you moved away or otherwise found yourself unable to get to your branch. Many accounts can also be operated by post, telephone or internet, so look into these as a backup for when you can't make it to your bank.

Alternatively, some savings accounts come with the sorts of facilities that you'd usually expect from a current account, like a cheque book, cash card or debit card, which can make the account easier to use.

What access you need to the funds

Whenever you look for a new savings account you need to think about when you might need to use your savings.

For example, if you want to be able to withdraw your funds whenever you need them, make sure you don't tie them into a bond.

Looking at the best instant access savings accounts branch based options are common, but in return for easy access the interest rates aren't always the highest. If you won't need your money for a while, you could also consider a less flexible branch based account:

  • Fixed rate bonds might not let you withdraw, but they pay a guaranteed interest rate for their entire term
  • Notice accounts require you to request any withdrawals in advance
  • Regular savings accounts have a higher interest rate if you pay into the account each month
  • ISAs pay interest without the deduction of tax

If you're happy to tie it up long term, a bond might be your best bet; if not, looking for the best easy access savings accounts in branch might be the way forward.

Compare branch based savings accounts

Decide how frequently you would like your interest to be paid. You may need it monthly, if you rely on the interest as a regular income; alternatively, it may earn a slightly better rate if paid annually, so only look out for accounts that offer what you'd prefer.

You can also often choose if you want your interest added to the account to grow your balance, or paid out to your bank account instead, so check that the option you want is offered.

Finding a high interest rate is an important consideration, so once you've decided on what features you need, use our branch accounts comparison to find the best rates.

Remember, if you're looking to put your funds away for a while, the best branch instant access accounts aren't necessarily always the ones with the highest rates. Some savings accounts offer an introductory bonus, giving you a decent rate for a while, before dropping after a year or so. It's not worth discounting these entirely, but you'll need to remember to look for a new account once the rate drops.

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