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Base Rate and savings

16 September 2019

Base Rate. What is it?

It's also known as the Bank Rate, and it affects the interest rates offered by Banks, Building Societies and other financial institutions. It's set by the Bank of England, which regularly reviews it and can increase or decrease it at any time.

How can a Base Rate change affect your account?

The Base Rate is one of a number of things we look at when reviewing the interest rates of our savings accounts.

How your interest rate is affected by a Base Rate change depends on whether it’s a fixed or variable account. If you’re unsure what type of account you have, you can check this in your conditions.

Accounts with a fixed rate

Your account will not be affected.

Accounts with a variable rate

Your interest rate could change.

Whenever the Base Rate changes, we review the interest rates of our variable accounts and could decide to change them. If we decide to lower your rate, we will write to you to let you know. We will not write to you if we increase your rate.

Want to check your rate?

You can view all rates for accounts we offer on our interest rate pages or by signing into online banking and selecting your account.

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Gross rate means that we will not deduct tax automatically from your interest. You are responsible for paying any tax due to HM Revenue and Customs.

AER means Annual Equivalent Rate. AER illustrates what your interest rate would be if interest was paid and compounded each year and allows you to easily compare different offers.

Tax free is the contractual rate of interest payable where interest is exempt from income tax.

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