Limited Access Saver

Limited Access Saver is a variable rate savings account that allows you to make up to 5 withdrawals per Account Year without any loss of interest. There is also the flexibility to make further withdrawals at a lower rate of interest for the remainder of the Account Year if you need to.

You can open an account with just £1 and then access and manage your savings account online or in branch. Your variable interest rate is calculated daily and paid annually.

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Limited Access Saver - Issue 6

What is the interest rate?

The interest rate on this account is dependent on the number of withdrawals made during the Account Year.

Withdrawals per year Interest rate gross p.a./AER (variable)
5 or less withdrawals 0.50%
6 or more withdrawals 0.10%

Interest is calculated daily and paid into the account annually on the anniversary of account opening and on closure.

Interest can be paid into the account, a Nationwide current or savings account (subject to the terms and conditions of the receiving account), or a current account with another building society or bank.

Can Nationwide change the interest rate?

Yes, the interest rate is variable. This means that we have the ability to change the interest rate. Please see the ‘Interest’ section in the Savings General terms and conditions which sets out when we can vary the interest rate and how we will notify you if this happens.

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

Withdrawals made in Account Year Interest rate gross p.a./AER (variable) Balance after 12 months
0 withdrawals 0.50% £1005.00

The table above shows the balance on an initial deposit of £1,000 where no withdrawals have been made over 12 months with interest added to the account.

Withdrawals made in Account Year Interest rate gross p.a./AER (variable)* Balance after 12 months
6 withdrawals 0.10% £942.91

The table above shows the balance on an initial deposit of £1,000 over 12 months with interest added to the account, where a withdrawal of £10 was made on the 1st day of each calendar month for the first 6 months.

Both estimated balances are for illustration only and assumes that:

  • Interest is paid into the account
  • No further deposits are made
  • There is no change to the interest rate
  • Individual circumstances do not change
  • The illustrations above show the balance after the withdrawals made during the account year.

*Note: this rate is only applied once the 6th withdrawal is made in the Account Year.

How do I open and manage my account?

To open this account:

  • You need to be aged 16 or over
  • You can open this account with a minimum of £1 up to a maximum of £5,000,000
  • You can only be the first named account holder of one Limited Access Saver account, which can be held in either sole or joint names.

You can open this account:

  • Online using the secure application form (use the 'Start application' button below this summary box)
  • Via our Internet Bank (if you are registered)

  • Using our Banking app (you must be registered for Internet banking)

  • In branch.

You can manage your account:

  • Via the Internet Bank or Banking app (if you are registered for Internet Banking)
  • In branch.

Please note: you'll need a minimum of £1 in the account for it to operate.

It’s easy to move your savings between your existing Nationwide savings accounts or to open a new savings account with us. We can also close your existing savings account, if you want us to. Just let us know when you open a new account on, via our Internet Bank or Banking app (if you're registered) or come and see us in branch.

Can I withdraw money?

Yes, you can make 5 withdrawals per Account Year without loss of interest. Further withdrawals are allowed but will result in a lower rate of interest for the remainder of the Account Year.

You can:

  • Withdraw up to £500 in cash a day or up to £500,000 by cheque at any of our branches.
  • Transfer money to another Nationwide current account or instant access savings account held in your name, using our Internet Bank or Banking app (if you’re registered for Internet banking).
  • Make transfers by CHAPS or Overseas electronic transfers in sterling (please note, this service is only available in branch and there is a fee payable).

Additional information

  • Your passbook provides a record of transactions (a passbook will only be issued for accounts opened in branch).
  • Account Year means the 12 month period from the date that the account was opened and each subsequent period of 12 months thereafter.

Interest rate definitions explained:

  • AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate and illustrates what the interest rate would be if interest was paid and compounded once each year.
  • Gross p.a. is the interest rate without tax deducted.

You may need to pay tax on any interest that exceeds your Personal Savings Allowance. For more information please visit HMRC’s website.

The tax information provided is based on our understanding of current law and HM Revenue & Customs practice, both of which may change.

The rates and information in this summary box are correct as of 1 December 2016.

This Summary Box sets out the key features of the savings account. For full details, please read the account terms and conditions.

Before you apply, please make sure you read the Summary Box and terms & conditions in full and print or save a copy of the PDFs below for future reference.