Foundations Cash ISA

Important

Please note due to high levels of demand we are not accepting applications for our savings accounts, as a temporary measure. All existing accounts continue to operate as normal.

 

Key Features:

  • Variable interest rate of 1.25% gross* p.a./AER**
  • Minimum interest rate guarantee of 1.00% gross* p.a./AER**
  • The minimum deposit and amount to open an ISA is £25
  • The maximum investment is £15,240 for the current 2016/2017 tax year
  • No-notice withdrawals; however, if a withdrawal is made, the value may only be replaced by further subscriptions where the annual investment limit for the relevant tax year has not been reached.
  • A minimum balance of £25 is required in your account
  • Operation by free, First Class Business Reply post
  • Monthly savings options
  • View your account, request withdrawals  and send secure messages via our online Interactive facility (restrictions apply)
  • Interest payable on 5 April
  • Statements issued annually in April
  • Limited to one ISA per member
  • This account is not available for children
  • Voting rights available (1)

*All ISA interest is paid tax-free, which means it's exempt from income tax and no tax is deducted. It's your responsibility to pay any tax due, based on your individual circumstances. Tax rules may change in future. 

**AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate and provides a means of comparing interest rates by showing what the rate would be if interest was paid and added once a year.

 

  1. Voting rights are available to those individuals aged 18 or over whose account balance was not less than £100 between the Society’s previous financial year end (or other date as specified in the Rules) and the date of voting.

 

Further reading
Foundations Cash ISA Summary Box

The information provided in this Summary Box is a summary of the key features of the Foundations Cash ISA and is not intended to be a substitute for reading the terms and conditions that apply to the account.

Account name: Foundations Cash ISA

What is the interest rate?

The Foundations Cash ISA offers a variable rate of interest of 1.25% gross* p.a./AER**

The account carries a minimum interest rate guarantee of 1.00% gross* p.a./AER**

Interest is calculated on a daily basis and credited to your account on 5 April each year.

* All ISA interest is paid tax-free, which means it’s exempt from income tax and no tax is deducted. It’s your responsibility to pay any tax due, based on your individual circumstances. Tax rules may change in future.

** AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate and provides a means of comparing interest rates by showing what the rate would be if interest was paid and added once a year.

Can Ecology Building Society change the interest rate?

We may change interest rates at any time if we reasonably believe that the change is needed for any of the following reasons (which may relate to circumstances existing at the time or those that are expected to apply in the near future):
• to respond to changes in the Bank of England base rate
• to respond to changes in the law or the decision of a court or ombudsman
• to meet relevant regulatory requirements
• to respond to new (or changes to) statements or codes of practice or industry guidance designed to enhance consumer protection
• to reflect changes to our costs in providing the account, including administration costs and costs of providing services or facilities
• to introduce or alter ‘tiers’ of interest where different rates apply depending on the amount in the account.

Any change we make to interest rates will be proportionate to the circumstances giving rise to the change.

For further information regarding interest rate changes including the process for notifying you, please refer to section 7 in our leaflet Saving with Ecology – General terms and conditions.

What would the estimated balance be after 12 months based on a £1,000 deposit?

Based on an interest rate of 1.25% gross, the balance on a £1,000 deposit after 12 months would be £1,012.50.

This projection is provided for illustrative purposes only and does not take into account your individual circumstances.

How do I open and manage my account?

The Foundations Cash ISA is only available to individuals aged 16 years or over who were members of the Society on 25 September 2015 and have not ceased being a member since this date.

Limited to one Foundations Cash ISA per member.

Simply complete our Cash ISA application form and return it to us with a cheque from your personal bank account payable to Ecology Building Society re: (your name).

An application form can be downloaded from our website at www.ecology.co.uk or you can contact the Savings team on 01535 650 770 or email [email protected] in order to request an application form.

Operation is by free First Class Business Reply post and online via our Ecology Interactive facility (restrictions apply).

The minimum amount to open a Foundations Cash ISA is £25.

The ISA investment limit for the 2016/2017 tax year is £15,240.

The minimum deposit is £25 and the minimum balance required to maintain the Foundations Cash ISA is £25.

You can save monthly by Direct Debit or standing order.

Deposits can be made by cheque through the post or by transfer via the banking system.

Can I withdraw money?

The Foundations Cash ISA is a no notice account.

Withdrawals must be for a specific amount unless the account is to be closed. Accounts can be closed upon request and with no penalty.

If a withdrawal is made, the value may only be replaced by further subscriptions where the annual investment limit for the relevant tax year has not been reached.

Withdrawals should be requested by using one of our Withdrawal/Notification forms or by sending us a letter signed by whoever is authorised to operate the account. Withdrawals can also be requested online via our Ecology Interactive facility (restrictions apply).

Additional information
This Summary Box should be read in conjunction with the following leaflets before applying for a Foundations Cash ISA:
Foundations Cash ISA leaflet
Saving with Ecology – General terms and conditions
FSCS Information Sheet
Current savings rates and charges
Our range of savings accounts
Savings account identification requirements

Our impact

Our impact isn't about the profit we make – it's about the difference we make to the environment and to communities across the UK.

Since 1981 we've lent to over 2,500 projects, supporting individuals, charities, environmental businesses and community-led housing organisations to realise their sustainable living ambitions.

In 2015 we lent £42.1 million to support 264 sustainable properties and projects.

 

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Ecology Building Society was rated as an ethical Best Buy for our mortgages and savings accounts by Ethical Consumer magazine in its product guide rankings (in issue Jul / Aug 2016).
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Important 

Please note due to high levels of demand we are not accepting applications for our savings accounts, as a temporary measure. All existing accounts continue to operate as normal.
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 and your personal cheque 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 and your first cheque: We will make an electronic search for the purpose of verifying your identity and will also ask you to open your account either with your own personal cheque drawn on your current account or with a cheque from another building society or bank where you hold an account. Please note that in the latter case, we will also need to be provided with a recent account statement from the relevant building society or bank. If this is necessary, it will also count as the Table A item. 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

  • Bank current account statement
  • Building society or bank investment account statement
  • 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

  • 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.