NS&I has announced that it is increasing interest rates on both its Junior ISA and Direct ISA. Interest rates paid on Junior ISA will be increasing by 75 basis points from 2.50% AER to 3.25% AER. In addition, the interest rate paid on Direct ISA will be increasing by 15 basis points from 0.75% AER to 0.90% AER.
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.