- Variable interest rate of 0.20% gross* p.a./AER**
- Available to individuals and trustees (1)
- The minimum amount to open an Easy Access account is £25
- The maximum investment is £125,000
- No-notice withdrawals
- A minimum balance of £25 is required in your account
- Monthly savings options
- View your account, request withdrawals and send secure messages via our online service (restrictions apply)
- Deposits can be made via bank transfer or by cheque through the post
- Interest payable on 31 December
- Statements issued annually in January
- Limited to one Easy Access account per member
- To open and maintain an account, you will need to be resident in the UK and not resident for tax purposes anywhere other than the UK
- Option to apply for an account in a young person's name or on behalf of a child (2)
- Voting rights available (3)
*We pay all savings interest gross, which means that 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. Where the trust account is subject to a formal trust document, accounts will only be accepted where a trustee or beneficiary has been a member of the Society for the previous twelve months.
2. These accounts can be opened for a young person aged 16 or 17, or by parents or relatives as trustees for a child of any age. For further information please refer to the section below Open an account for a young person (16-17 years) or on behalf of a child.
3. 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.
The information provided in this Summary Box is a summary of the key features of the Easy Access account and is not intended to be a substitute for reading the terms and conditions that apply to the account.
Account name: Easy Access
What is the interest rate?
The Easy Access account offers a current variable rate of interest of 0.20% gross* p.a./AER**.
Interest is calculated on a daily basis and credited to your account on 31 December each year.
* We pay all savings interest gross, which means that 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 mortgage or interest rates generally (including the interest rates paid on similar accounts by other providers of financial services)
• to enable us to manage the difference between the interest rates charged to our borrowers and interest rates paid to our investors, or the providers of funds to us, taking into account the interests of the Society, our members, and your rights and interests as an account holder
• 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.
Where we make any such change, we will act reasonably and we will only make the change if we believe it is fair in the circumstances.
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 a current interest rate of 0.20% gross, the balance on a £1,000 deposit after 12 months would be £1,002.00.
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?
Limited to one Easy Access account per member.
To open an account, please go to the ‘How to apply for an Easy Access Account’ section towards the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you can request an application pack by emailing [email protected] or calling us on 01535 650 770.
With our online service, you can view your account transactions, send secure messages and request withdrawals.
The minimum amount to open an Easy Access account is £25 and the maximum investment is £125,000.
The minimum amount required to keep an Easy Access account open is £25.
Deposits can be made via bank transfer or by cheque through the post. You can also save monthly by Direct Debit or standing order (the minimum amount payable by Direct Debit is £10)
Can I withdraw money?
As there is no notice period with the Easy Access account, you have unrestricted access to your funds.
The minimum withdrawal amount is £5 and withdrawals must be for a specific amount unless the account is to be closed. Accounts can be closed upon request and with no penalty.
Withdrawals can be requested via our online service (restrictions apply). Withdrawals can also 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.
This Summary Box should be read in conjunction with the following brochures and leaflets before applying for an Easy Access account:
• Easy Access account brochure
• Saving with Ecology – General terms and conditions
• FSCS Information Sheet
• Current savings rates and charges
• Our range of savings accounts
• Savings account identification requirements
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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.
How to apply for an Easy Access account
Step 1.Please read all the applicable leaflets before applying
Step 2.Tick to download an Easy Access application and Direct Debit forms
Step 3.Post your Easy Access application and Direct Debit forms to us - please note, scanned copies are not accepted
Please refer to our identification requirements list in case we request more information
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:
If you're new to Ecology, we'll verify your identity via 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).
- HM Revenue & Customs tax notification
- Letter issued by the benefits agency
- Passport (certified copy)
- UK driving licence (certified copy)
- 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.
- 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:
- Bank or building society official
- Minister of religion
- Regulated financial adviser or mortgage broker
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.