Savings update: cash Isa rates stagnant in run up to end of tax year

8 March 2016

There is no sign of cash Isa rates improving in the run-up to the end of the tax year on 5 April.

Traditionally banks and building societies edge up rates on Isas at this time of year, to entice savers looking to use their allowance. But this year has met with a deafening silence.

Those looking to use their £15,240 cash Isa allowance for this year can earn 1.41% at best on easy-access accounts, through Virgin Money. Post Office pays 1.4% but this includes a bonus for the first 18 months, after which your rate drops to 0.65%. It also only allows two withdrawals a year. 

On fixed-rate cash Isas the best you can do is 1.5% for one year with Virgin Money and Aldermore Bank. TSB pays 1.8% for two years.

On taxable fixed-rate bonds, the top one-year deal comes from Swedish-owned Ikano Bank at 1.9% before tax (1.52% after) or 1.76% (1.41%) from Charter Savings Bank.

See our Top Savings and Top Cash ISAs articles for the best buys

For two years you can earn 2.15% (1.72%) with RCI Bank or Ikano Bank, or 2% (1.6%) with United Trust and Paragon banks.

The best easy-access deal is the online RCI Bank Freedom account at 1.55% (1.24%). Virgin Money Defined Access pays 1.31% (1.05%), but you are limited to three withdrawals a year.

Shawbrook Bank Easy Access 3 offers 1.3% (1.04%) with no withdrawal restrictions.

See our top savings and top cash Isas articles for the latest best buys.  

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