Nationwide and Virgin Money slash cash Isa rates

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Easy-access cash Isa rates continue to fall for new savers, with the latest cuts coming from Nationwide and Virgin Money. Nationwide has cut its rate to 1.25% and Virgin to 1.4%.

The top deal comes from BM Savings at 1.55% including a bonus for the first year, at which point the rate tumbles to 0.5%.

The top rate without an initial bonus is on offer from National Savings & Investments at 1.5%, but you cannot transfer your existing cash Isas into this account. GE Capital and West Bromwich Building Society also pay 1.5% and accept transfers.

On fixed-rate deals you can earn marginally more, at 1.65% for one year with Tesco and Aldermore banks. For two years Aldermore Bank, Barclays and AA Savings (part of Halifax) all pay 2%. Barclays lets you take money out three times during the term.


On taxable accounts, AA Savings has introduced a new version of its easy-access Internet Extra account paying 1.4% before tax (1.12% after) to new savers. The rate is boosted by a 0.9 (0.72) percentage point bonus for a year.

It joins other top payers - all of which either come with a short-term bonus or restrict the number of times you take money out of your account each year.

These include Coventry BS PostSave Easy Access, Britannia Select Saver Issue 6, along with two accounts, Easy Saver Plus and WebSaver Limited Access, from West Bromwich Building Society. The top easy-access account with no bonus or withdrawal restrictions is Sainsbury's Bank eSaver Special at 1.35% (1.08%).

The best rate on one-year fixed rate bonds comes from Investec Bank at 1.95% (1.56%), followed by Kent Reliance at 1.85% (1.48%).

For two years you can earn 2.35% (1.84%) with Investec or, for three years, 2.75% (2.2%) with Shawbrook Bank.


This article was written for our sister website Money Observer

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I do get a little cross when persons such as Pensions Minister Steve Webb  suggest people aren't saving enough towards their pension - well, in the real world of non-government jobs, private sector jobs mostly haven't had a raise in years and when we did have one it was probably much as mine was 1.5%!! and that on £20,000pa is laughable.  I can't afford to live without loans and ovrerdrafts so where am I suppose to find the money to save - give us a break!