How High Street banks’ rock-bottom rates are short-changing loyal savers like never before
Britain’s biggest High Street banks are betraying savers by stubbornly keeping rates at rock-bottom levels.
Worst offender Barclays pays customers with its easy-access account just 0.01 per cent — a miserly 10p for every £10,000 saved.
This is the same pitiful rate offered when Bank of England base rate was 0.1 per cento, despite five consecutive rises in six months.
Pitiful rates: Savers can earn 1.5% on easy-access accounts if they shop around online, but on the High Street, worst-offender Barclays is still paying a miserly 0.01%
Altrove, i risparmiatori possono guadagnare 1.5 per cento, alcuni 14,900 per cent more than with this dud Barclays account.
Yet the banking giant is content to raise its borrowing costs. From August 1, its default or standard variable rate (SVR) will rise to 5.74 per cent — one of the highest of all banks.
James Blower, The Savings Guru, dice: ‘It’s disgraceful. Barclays moved at lightning speed to lift mortgage rates, and has the worst SVR, yet has passed nothing on to savers.
Sfortunatamente, it knows most of its savers will do nothing and it is using this situation purely to boost profits.’
Our table, giusto, shines a light on the worst accounts. Most big banks have kept easy-access rates below 0.25 per cento.
This is despite the base rate, which has already been increased to 1.25 per cento, expected to continue rising to fight runaway inflation.
Fixed-rates have not fared much better. While savers can now bag a leading 2.72 per cent over 12 mesi e 3.08 per cent for two years, no High Street bank comes close to that.
NatWest/RBS do not offer ordinary accounts with fixed rates.
HSBC pays just 0.45 per cento e 0.5 per cent over one year and two years respectively, with a measly 0.1 percentage point increase coming next week.
Even where rates are raised, savers are urged to check as banks and building societies are increasingly putting the onus on customers to apply for the new deal rather than paying it automatically.
Many do this by launching new issues of the same account that pay a higher rate of interest.
It means loyal savers will not earn the higher rate unless they open the new version and transfer their money into it.
Experts say providers hope people won’t notice they are in an older version where the rate can be more than 1 percentage point less generous.
One banking giant even hinted that customers are not bothered about earning a low rate as it doesn’t make a ‘material difference in their savings’.
Anna Bowes, from website Savings Champion, dice: ‘Don’t assume the rate now in the shop window is what you are earning. It is vital to check your rate so you don’t miss out.’
Money Mail reader Craig Jackson, from Crawley in Sussex, found he was being short-changed with his Sainsbury’s Bank cash Isa after it hiked the rate last month for new savers.
Lui dice: ‘My online account showed that I was still earning 0.35 per cent even though Sainsbury’s current rate is 1.22 per cento. The bank said I was expected to ring to ‘claim’ the new rate.’
On this account the rate is as low as 0.15 per cent if you opened it between January 21 e luglio 19 last year — 1.07 points below its advertised return. If you took out the account before this date, your rate is 0.35 per cento.
Readers Lavinia Underhill, from Herefordshire, and Anne, dal Somerset, have reported the same sneaky tactic and both claim it is impossible to contact the supermarket bank via telephone to boost their deal.
Nel frattempo, Nationwide launched a new version — issue 15 — of its One Year Triple Access Online Saver last week paying 1.4 per cento.
But savers in older versions are earning a lowly 0.25 per cent — a huge 1.15 percentage points less.
Online deal: Marcus by Goldman Sachs recently raised its bonus from 0.1% per 0.25% to bring its easy access rate up to 1.3%
Even those who opened issue 14 only earn 1 per cento, well below the new 1.4 per cento. The rate is fixed for 12 months as long as you restrict your withdrawals to three a year.
After the term ends, the building society moves you into an instant access savings account which pays a much lower rate.
Santander earlier this month increased the rate on its eSaver account to 0.75 per cent with the launch of issue 20.
Savers earn this rate for a year, after which they are transferred into its Everyday Saver currently paying just 0.1 per cento.
HSBC is boosting the rate on its Online Bonus Saver to 1.3 per cento da 0.45 per cent next week.
però, this is only on balances up to £10,000 and savers have to move their money from its flexible saver account to get the new rate.
Attualmente, this pays just 0.1 per cent and will pay just 0.2 per cent from next week, alcuni 1.1 per cent lower than the bank’s Online Bonus Saver.
Marcus by Goldman Sachs recently raised its bonus from 0.1 per cento a 0.25 per cent to bring its easy access rate up to 1.3 per cento.
Savers already in the account did not have to open a new one. But they still had to claim the new bonus.
Money Mail is today calling on savers to move the billions held in low-paying instant access accounts and grab a fairer deal.
We are also urging the Financial Conduct Authority to bring back its proposal for a basic minimum savings rates to protect loyal customers.
Saffron BS raised its eSaver issue 20 a partire dal 0.65 per cento a 1.05 per cento. Allo stesso tempo, it raised the rates on previous issues to match.
Ford Money, Kent Reliance, Aldermore and Shawbrook Bank are among those who follow this practice.
per cento - o 10 pence di interesse all'anno per ogni £ 1.000 nel tuo account