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  • 3% AER/2.96% gross variable interest paid monthly on balances up to £1,500*
  • No monthly fees
  • TSB Visa debit card – contactless functionality subject to status
  • 5% cashback on your first £100 of contactless or Apple Pay spending each month**
* To earn 3% AER you must credit your account with £500 each month, register for internet banking, paperless statements and paperless correspondence. **Contactless subject to eligibility. Ends Sep 2017
    • 3% AER on balances up to £1,500
    • To earn 3% AER you must credit your account with £500 each month, register for internet banking, paperless statements and paperless correspondence
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    3%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    £500
  • Monthly Fee
    Free
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • 3% AER/2.96% gross variable interest paid on balances up to £1,500 only. Must pay in £500 a month, register for internet banking and paperless statements and paperless correspondences.
    • £5 cashback every month just for regularly spending with your debit card (minimum 20 debit card payments per month) and £5 cashback every month just for paying two direct debits. Valid from 1st March 2017. Ends June 2018. (Ts&Cs apply).
    • Plus, if you also use an eligible TSB credit card, you can earn up to £60 cashabck in a year on that too. Representative 18.9% APR (variable). Subject to status. Must be 18+ and a UK resident. Valid from 1st March 2017. Ends June 2018.
    Overdraft details
    • £10 interest-free overdraft buffer
    • If you go overdrawn by more than £10, TSB's Grace Period means that you have until 10pm (UK Time) to pay in enough money to avoid any overdraft fees you may incur that day
    • 0% interest on planned overdraft up to £25
    • 19.84% AER variable and a Monthly Overdraft Usage Fee of £6 apply to amounts of £25 and over.
    • Borrower must be 18+ and a UK resident.
  • Representative Example: If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200 you'll be charged 0% EAR variable on the first £25 and 19.84% EAR variable on the next £1,175 plus a Monthly Overdraft Usage Fee of £6.
    • Linked to exclusive Savings Account Plus, an instant access account
    • Competitive planned overdraft rate, with no arrangement fee
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    Free
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    Overdraft details
    • Arranged overdraft fees: 18.85% EAR (variable) and a monthly £6 fee if you end any business day overdrawn by more than the £25.00 planned borrowing buffer amount (unless that position was created by us adding fees or interest)
    • Unarranged overdraft fees: A £6 daily fee for each business day that you end in unplanned borrowing by more than the £10.00 Unplanned Borrowing Buffer Amount (unless that position was created by us adding fees or interest).
  • Representative Example: If you use an overdraft limit of £1,200 a 18.85% EAR (variable) charge will apply
    • No unplanned borrowing fees
    • 24 hour telephone, mobile and internet banking
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    £7.50
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    Overdraft details
    • Arranged overdraft fees: 18.85% EAR (variable) plus a £6 monthly planned usage fee, charged once every calendar month if you end any business day overdrawn by more than the £25.00 planned borrowing buffer amount
    • No unarranged overdraft fees
  • Representative Example: If you use an overdraft limit of £1,200 a 18.85% EAR (variable) charge will apply
    • Linked to exclusive Savings Account Plus, an instant access account
    • Competitive planned overdraft rate, with no arrangement fee
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    Free
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    Overdraft details
    • Arranged overdraft fees: 18.85% EAR (variable) and a monthly £6 fee if you end any business day overdrawn by more than the £25.00 planned borrowing buffer amount (unless that position was created by us adding fees or interest)
    • Unarranged overdraft fees: A £6 daily fee for each business day that you end in unplanned borrowing by more than the £10.00 Unplanned Borrowing Buffer Amount (unless that position was created by us adding fees or interest).
  • Representative Example: If you use an overdraft limit of £1,200 a 18.85% EAR (variable) charge will apply
    • No unplanned borrowing fees
    • 24 hour telephone, mobile and internet banking
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    £7.50
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    Overdraft details
    • Arranged overdraft fees: 18.85% EAR (variable) plus a £6 monthly planned usage fee, charged once every calendar month if you end any business day overdrawn by more than the £25.00 planned borrowing buffer amount
    • No unarranged overdraft fees
  • Representative Example: If you use an overdraft limit of £1,200 a 18.85% EAR (variable) charge will apply
    • Aged 16 or older (18 and older to apply online)
    • Must open both a B Current account and B Instant Savings account
    • Must register for automated telephone and internet banking services to run the account
    • From 2nd May 2017, 0.50% AER variable on £1+ will apply
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0.25%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    Free
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • With a B Current account you'll enjoy 0.25% AER (0.25% gross p.a. variable) on your credit balances up to £2,000.
      *Credit interest is worked out daily on the cleared credit balance and credited to accounts on the last working day of each month.

      Current rates until 30th November 2016. From 01 December 2016 the rate will be 0.25% AER (0.25% gross p.a. variable).
    Overdraft details
    • £25 planned borrowing buffer, £10 unplanned borrowing buffer
    • 12.5% EAR
  • Representative Example: If you use an overdraft limit of £1,200 a 12.50% EAR (variable) will apply
    • Contactless debit card
    • Award-winning online and mobile banking
    • Earn cashback when you shop online online and in-store through Barclays with over 150 retailers
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    Free
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    Overdraft details
    • Arranged overdraft fees:
    • 75p a day up to £1,000
    • £1.50 a day from £1,000 to £2,000
    • £3 a day from £2,000 and above
    • Unarranged overdraft fees:
    • £5 per day
  • Representative Example: Up to £5,000 (subject to application and status). If you use an overdraft of £1,200, you will be charged £1.50 per day when you use it.
    • Earn up to £15 a month in rewards and extra cashback with Barclays SmartSpend partners
    • Earn up to £15 a month in rewards and enhanced cashback when you shop online and in-store through Barclays with over 150 retailers
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    £800
  • Monthly Fee
    £3
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    • Rewards details:
    • The full £7 Loyalty Reward received monthly for being part of Barclays Blue Rewards is subject to UK income tax and may need to be declared to H M Revenue & Customs.
    • All other current Blue Rewards and any SmartSpend cashback are not subject to UK income tax.
    Overdraft details
    • Arranged overdraft fees:
    • 75p a day up to £1,000
    • £1.50 a day from £1,000 to £2,000
    • £3 a day from £2,000 and above
    • Unarranged overdraft fees:
    • £5 per day
  • Representative Example: Up to £5,000 (subject to application and status). If you use an overdraft of £1,200, you will be charged £1.50 per day when you use it.
    • No monthly fee
    • 3 month interest-free arranged overdraft available
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    Free
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    Overdraft details
    • Arranged overdraft fees: 0% for the first 3 months (conditions apply)
    • 18.9% EAR (variable) thereafter
    • Unrranged overdraft fees: 18.9% EAR (variable)
    • For every payment that is NOT made over and above your reserve limit, you'll be charged an unpaid transaction fee of £15
    • The total sum of fees (including any paid/unpaid transaction fees) is capped at £75 per statement month
  • Representative Example: If you use an overdraft limit of £1,200 a 18.9% EAR (variable) charge will apply
    • 3% on balances up to £2,500
    • 3 month fee-free overdraft
    • Includes worldwide travel insurance, mobile phone insurance, breakdown cover and extended warranty
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    3%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    £10
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • 3% on balances up to £2,500
    • No interest on balances over £2,500
    Overdraft details
    • Arranged overdraft fees: 0% for the first 3 months
    • 50p per day on balances over £100 thereafter (the first £100 of your arranged overdraft is free)
    • Unarranged overdraft fees: 50p per day on balances up to £10
    • £5 per day on balances over £10 and are capped at £50 per month
    • First time fee refund - Nationwide will refund the first overdraft fees you incur
  • Representative Example: If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200 the amount Nationwide will charge you is 50p per day (variable).
    • 2% back in Rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit
    • On average NatWest customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £2 fee
    • Includes NatWest's mobile app & Emergency Cash
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    £2
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    Overdraft details
    • Arranged overdraft fees:19.89% EAR (variable) and a monthly Usage Fee of £6 on all arranged overdrafts
    • Unarranged overdraft fees:If you enter an Unarranged Overdraft by more than £10, you will be charged an Unarranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £6 for each day you remain in that position, capped at £90 per charging period.
  • Representative Example: If you have a Reward Account with an arranged overdraft limit of £1,200 and you use all of this, you will be charged arranged overdraft interest at 19.89% p.a. (variable) and a monthly Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £6
    • Switch your current account to first direct and receive £100 cashback
    • Get another £100 if you leave within 12 months (conditions apply)
    • £250 interest free overdraft
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0%
  • Switching Incentive
    £100
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    £10
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    Overdraft details
    • 0% EAR up to £250
    • 15.9% EAR over £250
    Switching incentive details
    • Open a 1st Account then switch your banking using the Current Account Switch Service and pay in at least £1,000 within three months of your account opening and get £100 adeed to your account.
    • This offer is limited to one payment per customer or joint relationship. Incentives are paid within 28 days of all criteria being met.
    • Offer only available to people who haven't previously held any account with first direct.
  • Representative Example: If you use an overdraft limit of £250 a 15.9% EAR (variable) charge will apply
    • 1% cashback on water and council tax bills and the first £1,000 you pay towards your Santander monthly residential mortgage payment
    • 2% cashback on gas and electricity bills and on Santander home insurance premiums (policies administered and underwritten by Aviva Insurance Limited)
    • 3% cashback on mobile, home phone, broadband and paid for TV packages
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    1.5%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    £500
  • Monthly Fee
    £5
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • 1.50% AER/1.49% gross (variable) interest on your entire balance up to £20,000

      Cashback Details
      To get cashback on your household bills and interest on your balance, just follow these steps:
    • · Pay at least £500 into your account each month - any interest paid and payments between Santander personal accounts you're named on won't count towards this
    • · Have at least two active Direct Debits - you'll receive cashback on any qualifying household bills you pay by Direct Debit
    Overdraft details
    • You could get a 4 month fee-free Arranged Overdraft when you switch to us. (Overdrafts are offered depending on your circumstances.)
    • The Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee will depend on the amount you use:
    • Below £2,000 - £1 a day
    • £2,000 to £2,999.99 - £2 a day
    • £3,000 and over - £3 a day
    • Unarranged Overdraft Usage Fee - £6 per day
  • Representative Example: 0% EAR (variable) Arranged Overdraft. Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £1 per day. If you are switching to Santander then there will be no Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee for the first 4 months. Assumed Arranged Overdraft credit limit: £1,200. Actual credit limit may differ. Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee depends on the amount of overdraft you are using.
    • 1% cashback on water and council tax bills and the first £1,000 you pay towards your Santander monthly residential mortgage payment
    • 2% cashback on gas and electricity bills and on Santander home insurance premiums (policies administered and underwritten by Aviva Insurance Limited)
    • 3% cashback on mobile, home phone, broadband and paid for TV packages
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0.00%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    £500
  • Monthly Fee
    £1
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account

      Cashback Details
      To get cashback on your household bills, just follow these steps:
    • · Pay at least £500 into your account each month - any interest paid and payments between Santander personal accounts you're named on won't count towards this
    • · Have at least two active Direct Debits - you'll receive cashback on any qualifying household bills you pay by Direct Debit
    • · Log on to Online or Mobile Banking at least once in every three months
    Overdraft details
    • You could get a 4 month fee-free Arranged Overdraft when you switch to us. (Overdrafts are offered depending on your circumstances.)
    • The Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee will depend on the amount you use:
    • Below £2,000 - £1 a day
    • £2,000 to £2,999.99 - £2 a day
    • £3,000 and over - £3 a day
    • Unarranged Overdraft Usage Fee - £6 per day
  • Representative Example: 0% EAR (variable) Arranged Overdraft. Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £1 per day. If you are switching to Santander then there will be no Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee for the first 4 months. Assumed Arranged Overdraft credit limit: £1,200. Actual credit limit may differ. Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee depends on the amount of overdraft you are using.
    • Bank anywhere with our mobile app
    • 24-hour telephone banking and Online banking
    • Get Emergency Cash
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    Free
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    Overdraft details
    • 19.89% EAR (variable) and a monthly Usage Fee of £6 on all arranged overdrafts
    • Unarranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £6 per day. This is then capped at £90 per charging period.
  • Representative Example: If you have a Select Account with an arranged overdraft limit of £1,200 and you use all of this, you will be charged arranged overdraft interest at 19.89% p.a. (variable) and a monthly Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £6
    • Bank anywhere with our mobile app
    • 24-hour telephone banking and Online banking
    • Get Emergency Cash
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    Free
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    Overdraft details
    • 19.89% EAR (variable) and a monthly Usage Fee of £6 on all arranged overdrafts
    • Unarranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £6 per day. This is then capped at £90 per charging period.
  • Representative Example: If you have a Select Account with an arranged overdraft limit of £1,200 and you use all of this, you will be charged arranged overdraft interest at 19.89% p.a. (variable) and a monthly Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £6
    • Prepaid account with three pricing options
    • No credit checks
    • No charges for failed direct debits or standing orders
    • Top-rated in the 'Current Account Without An Overdraft' category by Fairbanking Foundation, 2017
  • Maximum Interest (AER)
    0%
  • Switching Incentive
    None
  • Minimum Monthly Credit
    None
  • Monthly Fee
    £0, £5 or £10
  • See Deal + In detail
  • Interest details
    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    Overdraft details
    • There are no credit facilities on this account
  • No credit facilities on this account
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More about current accounts

A current account is what you might call an everyday bank account. It's best used to hold the money that you spend on a regular basis - either on day-to-day living costs or usual household bills.

Your common-or-garden current account will provide you with a debit card which you can use with cash machines and in the shops, the ability to automatically pay out direct debits and standing orders and the option to administer your account in branch, over the Internet or via telephone. To credit the account you either pay in cash, transfer from another account or receive regular income like wages and pensions.

Some current accounts offer cheque books, others overdraft facilities which you can use to borrow a small amount in the short term. How much depends on your credit rating, as will the interest rate that you'll pay while in the red.

Helpful links for current account issues

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - The UK financial regulator's website features lots of useful information for banking customers covering everything from knowing your rights to how to stop unauthorised payments.

Financial Service Compensation Scheme (FSCS) - The FSCS is the best place to find out if your bank is covered by the compensation scheme and for advice on making a claim.

Financial Ombudsman Service - If you've complained to your bank and are still having ongoing problems then the Financial Ombudsman is the next step - their website covers everything you need to know about making a complaint.

Money Advice Service - The government's Money Advice Service provides unbiased advice on choosing, opening and managing a current account.