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Skipton 2 Year Fixed Rate ISA Issue 158
Account type
Cash ISA
Open with
Interest rate
0.5% AER fixed for 2 years
Protection scheme
Interest is paid on the anniversary of account opening and on maturity. Withdrawals not allowed, early closure incurs interest penalty. Check restrictions on paying in.
Withdrawal conditions apply.
Rate Tiers
Gross rateGross rateAERAER
Excluding bonusIncluding bonusExcluding bonusIncluding bonus
Maximum AgeUnlimited
Minimum Initial Deposit£500
Minimum Age16 years
Permanent UK Resident

Last updated: 16 June, 2021

What is a savings account?

A savings account is a type of account with a bank or building society in which you deposit money on a regular basis to earn a return through interest. The amount of interest you earn varies depending on the the kind of savings account you choose. There may be also be limits to how often you can withdraw money from the account.

Which is the best savings account for you?

Choosing the best savings account can be confusing as there are so many different types to choose from. Our comparison table shows many of the savings accounts you can get online, over the phone or by visiting a branch.

But the important thing to remember is that there isn’t one ‘best’ savings account for everyone. Every account has different requirements and every person’s circumstances are different. You’ll need to find the best one for you, based on which features suit your financial situation.

What types of savings accounts are there?

Before you start looking for the best savings account for you, think about what type of savings account you'll need. There are lots of different types and they can vary depending on the provider. Here’s a summary of some of the most popular ones.

Updated 21 May 2021
Notice periodInterest (up to)Early withdrawal penaltyMinimum deposit
Easy AccessN/A0.5%N/A£0
Instant access N/A0.5%N/A£0
Regular saverN/A3.5%N/A£1 - £50
Notice account30 - 120 days0.75%No interest£0 - £5,000
Fixed rate bondsN/A1.75%No interest£1,000
ISA30 - 90 days2.5%N/A£500

 Find out how each of these accounts works here.

Who can open a savings account?

To open a savings account, you have to be:

  • 18 or over

  • A UK resident.

However, you can open a cash ISA when you're just 16 years old.

Are there any tax-free savings accounts?

Independent Savings Accounts (ISA) are examples of tax-efficient savings accounts. These let you save money, without paying tax on any interest you make. They'll often offer you some of the best savings interest rates too. But remember that you're restricted on how much you can pay by the ISA allowance.

Each person has an ISA allowance for each tax year (6 April - 5 April). For the 2021/22 tax year, that allowance is £20,000.

Tax-free savings accounts include:

Find out more about ISAs here.

Are there any high-interest savings accounts?

Currently, with the Bank of England base rate being so low, high-interest savings accounts are difficult to find. But that doesn't mean there aren't competitive rates out there.

Once the base rate rises again, you're more likely to see a return of high-interest savings products to return to the market.

What are the pros and cons of savings accounts?

Like most financial products, there are some advantages and disadvantages to savings accounts:

  • They’re easy to open
  • Accrue interest so you make your money work for you
  • Some allow easy withdrawals when you need to
  • You can open some with just a £1 initial deposit.
  • Are protected by then FSCS
  • Interest rates at the moment are low
  • Some accounts may charge a penalty for withdrawing your money.

Do you have to pay tax on savings?

Most people can earn savings account interest without paying any tax on it at all.

If you're a basic rate taxpayer you can earn up to £1,000 of interest from a savings account without paying tax. If you're a higher rate taxpayer, you can earn up to £500 in interest from savings accounts. Even with a high-interest savings account it's unlikely you'd earn this much on your savings.

This amount you can earn from interest is called your Personal Savings Allowance. This is in addition to the amount of tax-free interest you can earn from an ISA. If you’ve used up all of your Personal Savings Allowance, then you could get a cash ISA. You don’t pay any tax on the interest you earn from cash ISAs.

Only people with large amounts of savings need to worry about having to pay tax on the interest they earn from their savings. That's less than 5% of people.

 Here's more information on how tax affects your savings.

How much protection do I get with a savings account?

If your savings provider goes bust, you’ll get £85,000 of protection per person, per institution, with the FSCS. You’ll get £170,000 of protection if it’s a joint account.

This means that, if you have your savings split between different savings providers, you could end up with more protection. But check with your providers as some share licences, such as HSBC and First Direct. That means you’d only get £85,000 of protection across the two.

This month in savings accounts ...

  • After a turbulent 14 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Bank of England base rate being at historical lows, the good news is that the savings market is starting to gain some stability

  • For the first time since October 2020, average savings interest rates have not fallen month-to-month

  • In fact, average rates for one year fixed rate bonds, long term bonds, and notice accounts have actually risen.

Savings FAQs

You'll be able to do this online, by phone or in branch. Some accounts have to be opened in specific ways.

To open a savings account, you'll need to provide ID and proof of your address so the bank can do its checks.

Usually as much as you want, but some accounts restrict how much you can save. This guide explains how to manage each type of account.

Yes, but only if the account allows withdrawals. Some do not let you take any money out without a penalty, find out more in this guide.

No, you can choose how much access you have to your money by choosing the right savings account. This guide explains which accounts are available.

Yes, however you can only save into one ISA every tax year. Read this guide for more information on choosing the right savings account.

Yes, most savings accounts can be set up in joint names, so you should be able to do this if you’d like to save with someone else.

Sometimes, you’ll find a current account with a higher interest rate than a savings account.

But you should be aware that current accounts usually only pay interest up to a certain balance.  

You’ll also have to have a credit check to open a current account. You can open a savings account without the need for a credit check.

Yes, your finances are not checked when you open a savings account. If you need help choosing the right savings account, read this guide.

The Annual Equivalent Rate (AER) shows you how much interest you will earn over the course of a year taking into account compounding and other charges. The gross rate is the flat rate of interest that's actually paid.

About our savings accounts comparison

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