Delivering cost-effective debt financing to the Government remains NS&I’s core objective. At the March 2017 Budget, our Net Financing target for 2017–18 was set at £13 billion (in a range of £10 billion to £16 billion).
NS&I is reducing the interest rate on its Direct ISA by 25 basis points from 1.00% tax-free/AER to 0.75% tax-free/AER from 24 September 2018. The decision to reduce the interest rate on Direct ISA was taken in order to deliver positive value for taxpayers.
NS&I has today announced that it is reducing interest rates on four of its variable rate products. This follows reductions in interest rates across the savings market after the Bank of England’s reduction of the base rate by 25 basis points, to 0.25% in August 2016.
Following the announcement in the 2014 Budget that NS&I would help support savers by increasing the Premium Bonds investment limit to £40,000, and increase the number of £1 million prizes from one to two, NS&I has announced that the Premium Bonds annual prize fund rate will increase from 1.30% to 1.35% from 1 August 2014.
NS&I today announced changes to its Income Bonds. The changes are part of the final stage of NS&I’s programme to simplify and modernise its savings range, and to grow the number of customers transacting with it directly by post, phone and online.