National Savings and Investments (NS&I) has reduced the interest rate on its Direct Isa by 0.25%, from 2.50% to 2.25% AER, meaning that more than 300,000 savers will see their return fall.
NS&I’s Direct Isa rate had been unchanged since 2009. Interest rates on other savings products from NS&I remain unchanged.
NS&I cash Isa rate reduction follows savings review
Cash Isas allow you to save up to £5,640 tax-free each year. NS&I explained that it took the decision to reduce the interest rate on its Direct ISA following its regular review of the savings market, which includes the interest rates payable on comparable products.
The interest rate cut follows the news in August that NS&I had exceeded its target for net financing by £18m in the 2011/12 tax year.
The best rate instant access cash Isa currently available is offered by the Post Office and pays 3.01% AER (including a 1.26% fixed bonus for the first 18 months).
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