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Children’s Bank Accounts

Last updated: 23 September 2016

One of the easiest ways to save is through a high street bank account; many people still like to have one of these for their children. Unlike junior ISAs or child trust funds, you are not committing to locking money away for your child until they are 18.

Although interest rates are currently very poor, some children’s accounts offer attractive interest rates, but these vary depending on just how much access you will want to the money and how often.

Halifax, for example, offers a whopping 6%, as long as you save between £10 – £100 a month and do not withdraw it for one year, otherwise you can expect to earn only 3% interest from a Halifax account that lets you draw money out any time.

Mummy Money Matters has researched the market and the table below lists some of best options that offer some of the highest interest rates on the high street available to you.

Bank
Account Name

Min/Max
Investment

Interest
Rate AER

Min/Max Age
Halifax
Kids regular Saver
£10 – £100 a month
6%
0-15 years
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Santander 
123 Mini
£1
1 – 3%
0-18 years
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Halifax
Young Saver
£1
3%
0-15 years
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Chelsea Building Society
Ready Steady Save
£1 -£20,000
2%
0-15 years
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Skipton Building Society
Leap issue 2
£1
2.75%
0-17yr
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Barclays
Children’s Regular Saver
£10
3.50%
0-16 years
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Lloyds TSB
Young saver (requires adult to have an account too)
£1-£20,000
3%
0-15 years
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Chorley Building Society
Young Chorleian
£5 – £350,000
2%
0-21 years
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Nationwide
Smart Limited Access
£100
3%
0-18
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What you should know:

Keeping it tax free

Make sure you fill out an R85 form to ensure your  children’s savings are tax free. Hand it in to the bank when you open an account.

The R85 stays in place until 5 April following your child’s 16th birthday, after which, your bank or building society will ask you to fill out another one to ensure tax is not deducted off the interest.

A fresh R85 form can be completed at any time in the tax year – which runs from 6 April one year to 5 April the next – when your child turns 16, as long as your child does not expect to have any income after that date.

The account must also be transferred to your child’s name when they reach age 16, otherwise your bank or building society will start applying tax.

 

Compensation

When opening your account, check that the bank is covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Most banks and building societies will be covered, but it’s always best to check the small print.

The FSCS can pay you compensation should your bank or building society go bust.

Most individuals and small businesses are covered, but the compensation is limited to £85,000 – which means, if you have more than £85,000 with one bank in total, you will not be compensated for anything above £85,000.

 

Special tax rules

You should also beware of the special rules in place with HM Revenue & Customs, which collects taxes for the government, regarding savings given as gifts to their children by parents.

If savings given by the parent produce more than £100 of interest in one year, the whole amount will be taxed as though it were the parent’s income. This “£100 rule” does not apply to gifts given by other relatives and friends.

The rule applies to each parent or step parent separately.

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