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Santander set to increase interest rates across savings and current accounts

Daily Express logo Daily Express 04/08/2022 Patrick O'Donnell

This comes following the Bank of England's decision earlier today to hike the UK's base rate by 0.50 percent to 1.75 percent to mitigate the rise in . The bank confirmed changes to its in-credit on 1I2I3, Select and Private Current Accounts. Furthermore, outlined a series of interest rate rises across the financial institution's range of non-base rate linked savings products.

From August 11, the bank's 1I2I3, Select and Private current accounts will experience an in-credit interest rate increase from 0.75 percent. AER/gross (variable).

This will apply to balances up to £20,000 and to one percent AER/gross (variable) on balances up to £20,000.

As a result, Santander customers will be able to earn up to £200 per year in interest.

Furthermore, the bank's customers will be able to get cashback on household bills for a £4 monthly charge.

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State Pension payments could stop for thousands of people with a specific type of account if they do not take action.

Other rate rises include the Junior ISA which will increase from one percent to 1.25 percent from September 2.

On top of this, the Flexible Saver for Kids account will rise from 0.35 percent to 0.60 percent on the same day.

Those looking to get on the property ladder will see Santander's First Home Saver account go up from 0.75 percent to one percent.

The bank's Help to Buy ISA will also enjoy an interest rate increase from 0.75 percent to 1.25 percent.

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As well as these changes, Santander also announced its base rate linked products will be affected following the Bank of England's intervention, including its mortgage offerings.

All of the bank's tracker mortgage products linked to the base rate will rise by 0.50 percent from September 3.

Among the products affected will be the Santander Follow-on Rate (FoR) which will rise to five percent.

The Alliance and Leicester mortgage products, which are also linked to the base rate, will go up by 0.50 percent from the start of next month.

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All of the bank's savings products that are linked to the Bank of England base rate will rise by 0.50 percent next month, which includes the Rate for Life and Good for Life savings accounts.

It should be noted that any future changes made to Santander's savings products which are not linked to the base rate, will be communicated directly to customers by the bank.

While the bank is offering favourable rates in comparison to other players in the market, Santander is unable to compete with the 9.4 percent inflation which diminishes returns on savings.

Experts are warning savers about what lies ahead in the coming months as inflation looks set to exceed 12 percent in the coming months.

Chieu Cao, the CEO of Mintago, explained: "Today's Bank of England decision will do little to help the Britons who are struggling in the midst of the cost-of-living crisis.

"In the current climate of soaring inflation, driven largely by skyrocketing food and energy costs, saving money has also become increasingly difficult.

"Not all savings accounts will reflect the changes to the base rate, and it still will not come close to the rate of inflation.

"Meanwhile, those with debts, particularly mortgages, will likely see their repayments increase."


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