Cash Isa deals of the week 05 March 2015Introduction of Nisas boosts tax-free allowances

05 March 2015

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Which? Money provides our weekly look at the best deals on the market to help you invest your cash Isa allowance for 2014/15.

Cash Isa allowance for 2014/15

The overall annual limit for a tax-free Isa increased to £15,000 on 1 July 2014. This limit for new Isas, or 'Nisas', can now be made up of cash, or stocks and shares, or a mixture of both.

Under the old rules, you could place only half of your annual allowance into a cash Isa. The remainder had to go into stocks and shares. But savers can now deposit the full £15,000 into cash or stocks and shares, or into any mix of both.

Here, we take a look at some of the best cash Isa deals currently available. For the Best Rate cash Isas, we've also included a link to the Which? Money Compare tables where you can find out more details.

Best Rate cash Isas

Instant-access cash Isa 

Currently topping the best instant-access cash Isa tables are National Savings & Investments (NS&I) and Post Office Money, both paying 1.50%. However, it's worth noting that the NS&I account doesn't allow transfers in from other Isa providers. Click here to find out more about this Isa.

Coventry Building Society and GE Capital Direct are next, both paying 1.40%.

Notice cash Isa

Notice cash Isa accounts used to pay a higher rate for locking up your money, but at the moment there aren't any notice account Isas paying more than the top instant-access cash Isa rate.

Dudley Building Society offers the top rate, at 1.50%, but you'll need to give around a month's notice to get at your cash. Kent Reliance's 60 Day Notice cash Isa is next, at 1.40%.

One-year fixed-rate cash Isa

Julian Hodge Bank, United Bank UK and Virgin Money offer market-leading one-year fixed rate cash Isas, all paying 1.65%. The Virgin Money deal requires an initial investment of just £1 at account opening. You can find out more here

Post Office Money and Saga follow closely behind, both paying 1.55%.

Two-year fixed-rate cash Isa

The two-year fixed-rate cash Isas from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, paying 2.10%, are the best rates if you're happy to tie up your money for two years. These accounts can be opened and operated in-branch only. Click here for more information. 

Following closely behind is the Isa from Post Office Money, paying 1.95% from an initial opening balance of £500.

Three-year fixed-rate cash Isa 

Post Office Money currently tops the three-year fixed-rate cash Isa table, paying 2.10%. For more details about this Isa, click here.

Deals from Aldermore Bank and Virgin Money aren't far behind, both paying 2.00%. 

Four-year fixed-rate cash Isa 

Coventry Building Society's Fixed Rate Isa is offering a rate of 2.25%, which is the highest four-year fixed-rate cash Isa rate at the moment. However, this account doesn't accept transfers in from other providers. Click here to find out more about this Isa.

Five-year fixed-rate cash Isa 

United Trust Bank currently leads the five-year fixed-rate cash Isa table, paying 2.75%. More information can be found here.

Virgin Money's deal is next, paying 2.25% from an initial deposit of just £1. 

Which? Money Compare table: Fixed-term cash Isas - compare hundreds of deals

Cash Isa tip of the week

It’s been tough to find the best rate on your savings and cash Isa in recent years, but Which? is here to help. 

The Which? Money Compare tables let you search hundreds of savings accounts and cash Isa deals from providers large and small so that you can find a great home for your nest egg. We also combine this with our unique customer scores that show you how well the provider you pick will treat you in the long run.

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