Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Savings rates collapsing

Savings rates have started to "collapse" as a result of a government scheme to encourage lending, according to the financial information service, Moneyfacts.

The £80bn Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), which allows lenders to borrow from the government at cheap rates, has reduced their need to raise funds from savers.

"The immediate knock-on effect has been the collapse of savings rates across easy access, notice accounts and fixed bonds," according to Sylvia Waycott from

"And the devastation hasn't been limited to just the providers who have joined the FLS."

The highest paying instant access savings accounts for someone depositing £10,000 is down from 3.2% in August to 2.5% now, with the average rate dropping below 1%.

Moneyfacts says that the average one year fixed rate account is down half a per cent to 2.24% since August. Average interest rates for Cash ISAs and notice accounts have fallen as well.

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