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Junior Cash ISA

Start saving for your children - tax free

Junior Cash ISA
Junior Cash ISA

A Junior Cash ISA is a simple, affordable way to save for your child’s future if they don’t have a Child Trust Fund. The money in the ISA belongs to the child, who can withdraw it when they reach 18.

  • Earn 3.00% Gross/AER (variable) interest Our interest rates
  • Open your account with just £1, then save up to £4,080 in the 2016/17 tax year - this is the combined total you can contribute to a Junior Cash ISA and a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA
  • Manage the account with online and telephone banking
  • The current rules for ISAs are subject to change by HM Revenue & Customs and the value of tax benefits depends on individual circumstances

How our Junior Cash ISA works

Who can open an account?

Who can open an account?

Anyone with parental responsibility for a child can open a Junior ISA. So if you're a parent or guardian of an eligible child, you can open a Junior Cash ISA for them.

Other people can save into your child's account as well - grandparents, relatives and friends - so long as the total savings in the Junior ISAs don't exceed the limit of £4,080 in this tax year.

A young person aged 16 or over can open an account themselves but they need to call us to apply. They can’t do it online.

If you’ve already subscribed to a Junior Cash ISA, you can only open a Junior Cash ISA with us if you transfer all your subscriptions from the existing provider, to us. Your ISA provider may charge a fee to transfer funds.

Children with a Child Trust Fund are not eligible for a Junior Cash ISA.

Making deposits

Flexible tax-free savings

You can save up to £4,080 tax free in the 2016/17 tax year - this is the combined total for a Junior Cash ISA and a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA.

And, with online and mobile banking, it's easy to set up regular monthly payments or save flexibly by making one-off payments when you can. It all adds up.

To understand more about different types of ISA and your tax-free savings allowance, take a look at the important information. Types of ISA

Transferring an existing Junior ISA to Tesco Bank

How it works and what you can transfer

A child can only have one Junior Cash ISA at any time, but it's possible to transfer all of the money in an existing Junior Cash ISA to another Junior Cash ISA providing the existing account is then closed.

If you want to move your money from a Junior Cash ISA with another provider to a us, you can do this by using the ISA transfer process. Rest assured, we make the process quick and easy.

You can transfer:

  • all, but not part, of the funds saved in an existing Junior Cash ISA to a new Junior Cash ISA
  • all or part of the funds in a Junior Cash ISA saved in a previous tax year to a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA
  • all of the money held in a Junior Cash ISA to a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA, then a new Junior Cash ISA can be opened

Other providers may have restrictions or charge a fee on transfers, so you should always check this with them before transferring money to or from another provider.

How to transfer to Tesco Bank

There are two ways to transfer a Junior Cash ISA to Tesco Bank:

  • Call us on 0345 678 5678. This number may be included as part of any inclusive call minutes provided by your phone operator.
  • Download and complete a Junior ISA Transfer Authority Form and send it to us at the address shown on the form.

New customers should also complete an application either online or by telephone, so we can begin the transfer process during the application. That will help us set up your ISA as quickly as possible.

Access to your money

Who can access the money and when

The money in a Junior Cash ISA belongs to the child who can only withdraw it when he or she reaches age 18 - a great start to adult life.

No money can be withdrawn from the account until the child reaches age 18, but it can be transferred to another Junior ISA before the child reaches age 18.

So if you want to close your Tesco Bank Junior Cash ISA and transfer the balance to another provider, you just have to contact your new provider. They'll arrange everything with us using the ISA Transfer process.

Our interest rates

Interest rates

The current annual interest rate is 3.00% Gross/AER (variable). Rate correct as at 6 November 2012.

Please note that rates aren't fixed and may be subject to change.

Interest rate definitions

Gross is the interest rate paid before tax is deducted.

Annual Equivalent Rate (AER) illustrates what the interest rate would be if it was paid and compounded each year.

How interest is calculated

Interest is calculated daily and is added to your Junior Cash ISA account on the anniversary of the account opening. The interest paid is tax free.

The current rules for ISAs are subject to change by HM Revenue & Customs and the value of tax benefits depends on individual circumstances.

FSCS - protecting your money
FSCS - protecting your money

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Your eligible deposits with Tesco Bank are currently protected up to the current Financial Services Compensation Scheme limit, the UK's deposit protection scheme. Any deposits you hold above the current limit are not covered.

Contact us

Have a question or need help applying? Our friendly, UK-based customer service team is here to help.

Help for existing customers

Helpful numbers

Customer services 0345 678 5678*

Customer services textphone 0345 671 0672*

Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm.

*This number may be included as part of any inclusive call minutes provided by your phone operator.

Need help with online banking?

Having trouble registering or managing your account online? Don't worry, we're here to help.

Current interest rates

Check our current interest rates to see what your savings account is currently earning.

Important information

Terms & conditions

We want you to be happy with your savings account. To help you decide whether the Tesco Bank Junior Cash ISA is right for you please read the key features document and terms and conditions.

Summary Box

Summary Box for our Junior Cash ISA

Account name

Junior Cash ISA

What is the interest rate?
  • 3.00% Gross/AER* (variable)
  • Interest is earned daily and applied to the account annually on the anniversary of the account opening.

*Gross is the interest rate paid before tax is deducted.

Annual Equivalent Rate (AER) illustrates what the interest rate would be in paid and compounded each year.

Can Tesco Bank change the interest rate?
  • Yes – The account is a variable interest rate account so we may change the interest rate which applies to the account at any time.
  • If we are going to reduce the interest rate we will always contact you and give you at least 14 days’ notice. The reasons which may lead us to reduce the interest rate can be found in the 'Interest' section of your Terms and Conditions of the account.
What would the estimated balance be after 12 months based on a £1,000 deposit?

The estimated balance would be £1,030.00.

This is only an example and does not take into account your individual circumstances. The example assumes that no withdrawals are made, any interest earned stays in the account and the interest rate does not change during the 12 months.

How do I open and manage this account?

A child can hold a Tesco Bank Junior Cash ISA if they:

  • Are under 18.
  • Are resident in the UK or if not, a Crown employee serving overseas or married to or in a civil partnership with a Crown employee.
  • Do not have a Child Trust Fund.
  • Do not have an existing Junior Cash ISA, unless all of the subscriptions in that Junior Cash ISA are transferred to the Tesco Bank Junior Cash ISA (other providers may charge a fee or have restrictions on transfers).

You can apply online and over the telephone:

  • If the child is under 16, the application to open and manage the account must be made on their behalf by someone who has parental responsibility for them.
  • If the child is over 16, they can apply to open and manage the account themselves by calling us on 0345 678 5678.** Please note that we are unable to accept online applications from children under 16.
  • To apply you must provide details of a nominated bank account.
  • You can deposit a minimum of £1 with no maximum balance (subject to ISA subscription limits).
  • You can manage the account online and over the telephone.
  • To manage the account over the phone, you will need to set up telephone security details (which will also be used for Online Banking).
  • To use Online Banking or the mobile app you must first register, and create your login details.
Can I withdraw money?
  • No – the money in a Junior Cash ISA belongs to the child who can only withdraw it when he or she reaches age 18.
  • No money can be withdrawn from the account until the child reaches age 18, but it can be transferred to another Junior ISA before the child reaches age 18.
  • In exceptional circumstances withdrawals may be allowed, for example, where the child is diagnosed with a terminal illness. We need permission from HMRC to do this. For more information about this please contact us.
Additional information
  • The account can be cancelled within 30 days of receiving the welcome letter.
  • Previous years’ subscriptions from other Junior ISA providers and Child Trust Funds may be transferred into the account, see the 'Transferring a Junior ISA' section of your Terms and Conditions.
  • The child can apply to become the registered contact on the account when they reach 16 years old.
  • The current rules for ISAs are subject to change by HM Revenue & Customs and the value of tax benefits depends on individual circumstances.
  • Interest rates are correct as at 6 November 2012 and are subject to variation.

** This number may be included as part of any inclusive call minutes provided by your phone operator.

Types of ISA and allowances

There are two types of Junior ISA: a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA and a Junior Cash ISA.

A child can have one Junior Stocks and Shares ISA and one Junior Cash ISA each tax year. The tax year runs from 6 April to 5 April the following year.

The Junior ISA limit for 2016/17 tax year is £4,080. This is the maximum amount you can pay into a Junior ISA each tax year.

This can be paid into a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA, a Junior Cash ISA or a combination of both.

No money can be withdrawn from a Junior Cash ISA until the child reaches age 18, but it can be transferred to another Junior ISA before the child reaches age 18.

Tesco Bank only offers a Junior Cash ISA.

If you decide to cancel your Junior Cash ISA, this won't affect the child's ISA allowance for the current tax year and you can still open another Junior Cash ISA in that tax year. You have 30 days from receiving your welcome letter to cancel your Junior Cash ISA. If you do cancel, we'll refund the money you've paid in.