Open a 90-Day Notice savings account for a young person (16-17 years) or on behalf of a child

In a young person’s name (16-17 years old)

An account can be opened by a young person aged 16 or 17 with a cheque or a payment from an account in their name.

Alternatively, a parent or relative can provide:

  • a cheque (drawn on their own personal current account);
  • a bank or building society cheque (supported by an investment account statement from the relevant bank or building society); or
  • a bank transfer from an account.

A covering letter must also be provided confirming the money is being given to the young person and how they are related.

We will need to verify the identity and address of the young person.  For details of how this is done, please read the Savings account identification requirements leaflet.

On behalf of a child (as a trustee)

An account can be opened by a parent or relative as a trustee for a child of any age if the parent or relative makes an initial deposit from an account held in their name. Applicants (the parents or relatives) must each have their identity verified in accordance with the information provided in the Savings account identification requirements leaflet specified for individual’s identification requirements. The application should be accompanied by a Birth/Adoption certificate (original only), NHS Medical Card or National Insurance notification letter.

Our 90-Day Notice savings account is available only to existing Ecology members (child or trustee) who have continued to be members since 7 February 2020.

About the venue

Ecology's eco-build offices in Silsden, West Yorkshire, are close to Yorkshire's attractions in Bradford, Leeds, Harrogate and Skipton, as well as the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  Our offices have a living roof, high levels of insulation and low energy requirements.  Wherever possible, materials in the building are from renewable sources, are recycled or have low toxicity.  Wifi is available throughout.

Registered to attend the AGM?

We are not opening our doors to members on the day of the AGM. If you have registered to attend the AGM we’re writing to you to ask you to meet the Government’s social distancing requirements and stay at home.

Voting

It’s very important to us that as many members as possible take up their opportunity to vote – it’s what makes us a democratic Society. All eligible members will have received an AGM voting pack via post or email by early April.  The pack will contain our Annual Review and Notice of AGM which includes information relating to AGM resolutions and Directors' election statements.

This year’s voting will be administered by Civica Election Services (CES), the UK’s leading provider of independent election services.

Voting online is the greenest and easiest way to have your say. Simply visit cesvotes.com/ecology20 and enter your two-part login code as shown on your voting form or email.

We’ll donate 50p to international development charity Trees for Cities for every member who votes online (20p for those voting by post). We’ll also donate £1 to Trees for Cities for every member who signs up to receive future voting packs by email.

Please ensure we receive your vote by 5.00 pm on  Monday 27 April 2020.

How to get here

By rail

The nearest rail station to our offices is Steeton and Silsden.  It is a short 10 mins walk.

By bus

3 minute walk from the Belton Road stop on Keighley Road (serves bus services 62 and 903).

By bike

Limited secure cycle parking at our offices.

By car/taxi

There is also plenty of free on-street parking on Belton Road, adjacent to our offices.  Please park considerately! If you are using a satnav, the destination postcode should be BD20 0EE.

Please note, we urge you to follow any relevant Government guidance regarding travelling to and attendance at events on the date of the AGM.

AGM 2019 Ecology Building Society location map

Register to attend

We are not opening our doors to members on the day of the AGM. If you have registered to attend the AGM we’re writing to you to ask you to meet the Government’s social distancing requirements and dsta.

Ask the Directors

Our Directors want to hear from you! Email your questions and our Directors will answer them during our Ask the Directors session at the AGM. We’ll be tweeting the answers live via Twitter @EcologyBS.

Please note that for reasons of time, we can’t guarantee to answer every question during the AGM. Any questions that are not answered on the day will be answered afterwards and we’ll post responses on our website.

Why attend?

We're owned by our members and put their interests first, so if you're a part of Ecology we want to hear what you think.

Our AGM is your opportunity to:

  • Meet the Ecology team and share your views on our work
  • Meet other Ecology members in a friendly environment.

Identification requirements

Verifying identities helps protect us all from fraud
  • We carry out identification requirements to protect everyone from fraud
  • Where possible, we will first use electronic searches to confirm your identity

All banks, building societies and financial institutions are required by law to verify the identity of any individual or organisation that opens an account with them. This is necessary to protect the organisation, its members and the public from fraud and also to help combat money laundering.

You should note that there may be occasions when documentation over and above that stated here will need to be produced and you will be told if this applies to you.

What we need to verify an individual's identity

Existing member - quote your account number on your application:

If you already have an account with us and quote your account number on your application, we may not need any further evidence of your identity and address.

New to Ecology – we'll verify your identity with electronic searches:

What we'll need if we request more information:
If we need more information, we'll ask you to provide us with two additional forms of identification, one from each of the tables (see below).

 

Table A

  • HM Revenue & Customs tax notification
  • Letter issued by the benefits agency
  • Passport (certified copy)
  • UK driving licence (certified copy)

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Table B

  • Bank current account statement
  • Building society or bank investment account statement
  • Council tax bill
  • Gas bill
  • Electricity bill
  • Water bill
  • Telephone bill (not mobile telephone)
  • Mortgage statement
  • Credit or store card statement

 

Joint account? You must each have your identity verified. However, both of you may rely on the same items from Table A and Table B if they are addressed to and clearly identify each of you.

Please note:
  • Online statements or downloaded documents cannot be accepted under any circumstances
  • Any documents produced must be current and issued within the last 12 months
  • The identification provided must be from different organisations
  • All original documents will be returned to you when the account has been opened
  • Copy documents are not acceptable, except in the case of passports and driving licences, which must be certified (see below)

Copies of passports and driving licences must be certified by one of the following:

  • Accountant
  • Bank or building society official
  • Doctor
  • Minister of religion
  • Regulated financial adviser or mortgage broker
  • Solicitor
  • Teacher

Certification: The document that is being certified must state 'original seen' as well as being dated and signed. The document should also include the name of the certifier, their profession and full contact details. If the identification is photographic, the certifier must state that 'the photograph is a good likeness of the applicant'. The certifier must not be related to the applicant in any way, or named as a joint account holder.

Open a Regular Savings account for a young person (16-17 years) or on behalf of a child

In a young person’s name (16-17 years old)

An account can be opened by a young person aged 16 or 17 with a cheque or a payment from an account in their name.

Alternatively, a parent or relative can provide:

  • a cheque (drawn on their own personal current account);
  • a bank or building society cheque (supported by an investment account statement from the relevant bank or building society); or
  • a bank transfer from an account.

A covering letter must also be provided confirming the money is being given to the young person and how they are related.

We will need to verify the identity and address of the young person.  For details of how this is done, please read the Savings account identification requirements leaflet.

On behalf of a child (as a trustee)

An account can be opened by a parent or relative as a trustee for a child of any age if the parent or relative makes an initial deposit from an account held in their name. Applicants (the parents or relatives) must each have their identity verified in accordance with the information provided in the Savings account identification requirements leaflet specified for individual’s identification requirements. The application should be accompanied by a Birth/Adoption certificate (original only), NHS Medical Card or National Insurance notification letter.