How this document works

This document contains important information to help you understand the key features of the FlexBasic account and to understand whether this account is right for you. It contains the terms and conditions for the account - there is also the Current Account Interest Rates and Charges leaflet, which has the charges that apply to your account. Together with the 'How to use your account', and 'Words we use' sections, these form the legal agreement between us. This means that each of us will do what we say in the agreement. You can ask us for additional copies of these documents at any time. We strongly recommend that you read the agreement as you will be legally bound by all the terms whether or not you read them.

Throughout this document you'll see words in bold print, you can find out what these words mean in the 'Words we use' section at the back of this document.

When we say 'Nationwide' or 'we' or 'us' or 'our' in this document we mean Nationwide Building Society and when we say 'you' or 'you're' or 'your' we mean you our member.

If you change your mind

If you change your mind after you have opened the account and decide that you don’t want it, you can close your account and have your money returned as well as any interest you have earned provided you tell us that you want to close your account within 28 days of opening it by sending us a secure message in Internet Banking or in any branch. You must repay all the amounts you are responsible for under this agreement within 30 days of notifying us of cancellation. If you don’t close your account during the cooling-off period, you can still close your account at any time (see the 'Closing the account' section for more details).

If you have a joint account:

  • As a joint account holder these terms apply to you individually and jointly with the other account holder(s).
  • Please remember that while many people find joint accounts useful and convenient, there are some things you need to be aware of:
  1. all funds in the account belong jointly to the account holders so each of you is entitled to withdraw all of the money in the account, obtain any information about the account or give us any other instruction in respect of the account, even if your relationship breaks down (including divorce and separation) – this means that any one of you may withdraw all the money in the account unless one or both of you ask us to stop this from happening;
  2. if a joint account holder dies, the other account holder is entitled to all of the money in the account and the account will stay open in their name;
  3. unless the Law in the UK says differently, we will not be concerned about how you divide the money in the account;
  4. the order your names appear on the account is important because although you will both be members of Nationwide, only the first named account holder may be eligible to vote at our Annual General Meeting;
  5. you will have joint and several liability for the account – this means you are both responsible for the account so that if the account is not managed properly, we can ask both or either of you to repay anything you owe us, regardless of who made the transactions.

Your account

Interest on money in your account and charges

  1. You will not receive any interest on the money in your account
  2. Our Current Account Interest Rates and Charges leaflet sets out our charges. Our charges are available from any of our branches, on our website and in our Current Account Interest Rates and Charges leaflet.
  3. You may have to pay other taxes or costs which are not paid through us or charged by us.

Statements and information about your account

  1. We will provide or make available details of all amounts paid into or out of your account. We will normally provide you with a monthly statement where there have been transactions out of your account. However, you can ask us to make a statement available to you instead in which case we won’t automatically provide you with a monthly statement unless you ask for one (you can also request a mini statement from any Nationwide cash machine in the UK). You can normally choose whether to receive statements:
    a) through the Internet Bank (known as paperless statements); or
    b) by post.
    You’ll need to give us your email address if you want paperless statements.
  2. If you change your mind about how you want to get your statement, you can tell us at any time.
  3. For joint accounts, going paperless means we will no longer provide paper statements on the account to either of you. The statement will be provided through the Internet Bank, and an email will normally be sent to your nominated email address. We won’t change statements provided through the Internet Bank.
  4. For Joint accounts, if you receive paper statements, we will only send one statement addressed to both of you to the first named account holder’s address (unless you ask us otherwise).
  5. Our MoneyWatch service is available as part of your account and it can give you information (called ‘insights’) to help you manage your money, based on your account activity. You can register to receive MoneyWatch insights by logging on to the digital banking service. Please see our Internet Banking terms and conditions for more information on MoneyWatch.

Business Use

  1. The account is for personal use and it cannot be used for business purposes.

Your obligations

Taking money out of your account

  1. To ensure that you can always pay for things you want, it’s important that you make sure you have enough money available to use before you ask us to make a payment.
  2. If you want to take money out of your account, you’ll need to tell us that’s what you want to do. This is called giving your consent; how you give us your consent depends on how you want to take money out of your account, and we’ll tell you how to do this later in this document.
  3. We will also need to identify you in line with our requirements at the time.
  4. We have limits that apply to payments you can make from your account, and to the amount of money you can take out of your account at cash machines or in branch.
  5. You can make payments, card purchases or withdrawals from your account where you have enough money available to use. There’s more information about this later in this document.
  6. To meet legal and regulatory requirements, we (and any financial institutions we may use to help us make the payment) may carry out checks before payments are made or incoming payments are applied to your account with a view to preventing financial crime. Occasionally this may lead to a delay in a payment being sent or applied to your account. In some circumstances we may not be able to make the payment or apply an incoming payment to your account. We will always tell you if this is the case unless it would be unlawful to do so. We will not be responsible for any loss that results from this.
  7. We can make the following deductions from your account:
    1. payments you ask us to make (for more details on how to make payments see the ‘I’ve got a question about payments out of my account’ section below);
    2. purchases and withdrawals using your card;
    3. cheques paid into your account which are later returned unpaid;
    4. any charges that you have to pay;
    5. where a payment into your account is recalled – there are more details about this later in this document;
    6. where we are required by Law to do so.

Taking care of your account

  1. It is important that you take all reasonable precautions to take care of your statements, cards, PINs, security devices and other account information and security details to help prevent fraud and protect your account. You should follow any instructions we give you in connection with your security details and in particular:
    1. always take reasonable steps to keep your card safe and sign it as soon as you receive it;
    2. keep your PIN, password and other security information secret at all times. You should not tell anyone, even us or the Police, what your security details are. The one exception to this is you may choose to share some of your Internet Banking security information with Third Party Providers so they can access your account and you can find more information about this in the ‘Can I use a Third Party Provider?' section;
    3. if you have difficulty remembering your PIN, you can change it to something more memorable at any Nationwide cash machine;
    4. if you register your card details in an e-wallet or on a device such as a mobile phone you must take reasonable precautions to keep them, and any security information which relates to them e.g. your phone passcode or fingerprint stored in your phone, safe and to prevent fraudulent use of them. You should not store anyone else's fingerprint or other biometric means of identification in your device if that fingerprint/other biometric identification can be used to authorise a payment or access your card details. We will treat a payment authorised by any fingerprint/other biometric identification held in your device as being authorised by you
  2. You must let us know as soon as you can by telling us in branch (during opening hours) or by calling us 24 hours a day on 0800 30 20 11 (or +44 1793 65 67 89 if you are calling from outside the UK), if:
    1. your card is lost or you think it might have been stolen;
    2. you think someone else knows your PIN;
    3. you think a payment has been made incorrectly or you don't recognise a payment from your account
    4. you think someone else might be using or have access to your card, PIN, security details, e-wallet or security device without your permission.
  3. If cards reported lost or stolen are later found or returned you should ring us and follow our instructions.
  4. You must follow any other reasonable instructions we give you to help you take care of the money in your account.
  5. From time to time, we may ask you to provide us with information to help us meet our anti-money laundering, financial crime, sanctions and other legal and regulatory requirements. You must promptly provide any information requested. If you fail to provide this information when asked to, this may result in us delaying or refusing to process your payments or blocking all access to your account. We will not be responsible for any losses which may result.

Our rights

Stopping money being paid into or being taken out of your account

  1. The card we give you to use with your account belongs to us and you must return it to us if we ask you to. If you haven't used your account for a significant period of time, when your card expires we may not replace it.
  2. We can suspend or cancel your right to use cards (including card details in e-wallets or on devices such as mobile phones), PIN(s), Telephone Banking, Internet Banking or our Banking app if we think it is reasonably necessary because:
    1. we are concerned about their security; or
    2. we believe that it is necessary for your and/or our protection, for example where we suspect the card is being used or may be used for fraudulent purposes or in an unauthorised way; or
    3. there is a significantly increased risk you may be unable to repay any money you owe us; or
    4. there are UK or European legal or regulatory obligations we have to meet; or
    5. (for cards in e-wallets only) where any e-wallet service you may have registered your card in is no longer available to you.

We'll try to tell you in advance (including reasons) unless this would compromise our reasonable security measures or it is unlawful to do this. If we're unable to tell or make information available to you in advance, we’ll tell you immediately afterwards. We'll lift any suspension or send you a replacement card once the reason for the suspension or cancellation has ended.

When we can refuse to act on your instructions

  1. We may refuse to make a payment or allow a cash withdrawal (and we won’t be responsible for any loss to you) if:
    1. you haven’t met all of the conditions for making a payment in these terms and conditions;
    2. the instruction is not clear or does not contain all the information we need;
    3. our security controls require you to produce additional identification or prevent us carrying out the transaction (for example the payment would exceed any limits we have set) before we can make the payment;
    4. we reasonably suspect illegal or fraudulent activity;
    5. we reasonably consider that your account has been or is likely to be misused;
    6. we reasonably consider there is a security or fraud risk on the device you have used to request the payment through Internet Banking or our Banking app;
    7. we are ordered to do so by a court;
    8. we might breach a Law if we allow the transaction; or
    9. you do not have enough money available to use.

If we don't make one of your payments we will try to contact you as soon as we can to tell you that we are refusing or are unable to carry out a transaction. If you are using a card to make a payment or withdrawal from a cash machine, the retailer (or the organisation which owns the cash machine) will normally tell you that the payment has been refused. If you want to check whether a transaction has been accepted, you can contact us (see ‘How to contact us’ section).

  1. Information about the refusal and, if possible, our reasons for the refusal and information on how to correct any factual errors that led to the refusal can be obtained by calling us from the end of the next working day on 0800 30 20 11 (or +44 1793 65 67 89 if you are calling from outside the UK).
  2. We will have to comply with any court orders (or other instructions we are legally obliged to follow) we receive affecting your account such as a child maintenance order, a debt relief order or a bankruptcy order. This may mean we have to freeze your account and/or make deductions from it.

Set-Off

  1. If you owe us money (for example on a loan, credit card, mortgage, or overdraft) and do not pay it on time, we can use any money you have in any of your accounts with us to repay or reduce the amount you owe us. This is called a right of ‘set off’.
  2. This right will apply to all sums you owe to us and to any other company in our group (including The Mortgage Works (UK) plc and UCB Home Loans Ltd) unless the Law or other restrictions prevents it (for example, we will not exercise our right of set-off to use any money that we think you need to meet essential living expenses or certain important debts to which we must give priority or use any money you have told us isn’t yours).
  3. Where the account is in your sole name only, our right of set off allows us to take money in your account to pay a debt only you owe or to pay a debt that you and someone else owes us together.
  4. Where the account is a joint account, our right of set off allows us to take money in your account to pay:
    1. a debt owed to us by one or more of the account holders;
    2. a debt owed to us by one or more of the account holders and someone else together
  5. We’ll tell you at least 14 days before we exercise our right of set-off.

If something goes wrong

If money is taken out of your account without your permission

  1. If you believe a payment has been made from your account without your permission, including payments which have been initiated by a Third Party Provider, you can claim a refund from us. To do this you need to tell us as soon as possible and in any case within 13 months from the date of the payment (unless your account was overdrawn when the payment was made).
  2. We will normally refund your account by the end of the next working day with the payment amount and any interest or charges you’ve paid as a result of that payment. To tell us about an unauthorised payment, you should report it to a branch (during opening hours) or call us on 0800 30 20 11 (24 hours) or on +44 1793 65 67 89 if you are calling from outside the UK.
  3. If we later become aware that we’re not responsible for the refunded payment, we’ll deduct the amount of the refund from your account.
  4. We won’t make a refund if we can show that you did authorise the payment or if we reasonably suspect fraud or we can show that with gross negligence you failed to keep your card, security device or security information safe (‘gross negligence’ means that something you have or have not done was very obviously wrong or careless). However, in these situations, we will investigate the payment as quickly as we can.

Payments where you don’t know the amount in advance

  1. Sometimes e.g. if you are hiring a car, you may not know what the exact amount of a card payment will be when you authorise it. The retailer may ask for your agreement to reserve funds on your account to cover the final payment. If this happens you won’t be able to spend the funds which are reserved. The retailer should only ask us to reserve funds if you have agreed to a specific amount of funds which can be reserved.
  2. You can ask us for a refund if you authorise someone in the EEA to take money from your account (for example where you use a card) without agreeing the exact amount and:
    1. the amount actually debited from your account is more than you could have reasonably expected taking into account your previous spending pattern, these terms and conditions and all other circumstances; and
    2. you contact us within 8 weeks from the date the funds were taken from your account.
  3. You must provide us with any information we reasonably require to investigate your claim for a refund and if we have to take action against another party as a result of a transaction on your account, you must assist us and provide all available information to enable us to pursue this action.
  4. We’ll make any refund or provide you with our reasons for refusing your request within 10 working days of receiving all the information we require from you.
  5. There are some situations where we won’t refund you:
    1. you expressly agreed to us making the payment for that amount;
    2. information on the amount that would be taken was provided or made available to you at least 4 weeks before it was taken out of your account; or
    3. the amount of money you are disputing has arisen because of changes in the exchange rate. For example, a change in the exchange rate might mean that a different amount of money is taken out of your account than you thought because you bought something online in euros and when the amount was converted into pounds sterling, the value of euros had gone up, making it more expensive in pounds sterling than it was before.

Who is responsible for payments made without your permission?  

  1. Generally you will not be responsible if payments are made from your account without your authorisation, but there are some exceptions to this explained below.
  2. . You will be responsible for the full amount of a payment if:
    1. you act fraudulently;
    2. you let someone else (apart from a Third Party Provider) use your security information or anyone else use your card;
    3. (unless your account is overdrawn) you have been grossly negligent with (or intentionally shared) your card, or device, or the security details you use to access Telephone Banking, Internet Banking or Banking app;
    4. you intentionally or with gross negligence don’t tell us as soon as possible of the loss or theft of your card, security information or security device, or if you suspect someone has tried to use any of them (unless your account is overdrawn).
  3. However, you will not be responsible (unless you have acted fraudulently) for transactions not authorised by you if:
    1. someone else uses your card without your permission before you receive it;
    2. your card has been used by someone else to purchase goods by telephone, internet or mail order;
    3. you have already told us that your card, device or security information is missing or may be misused by someone;
    4. you tried to tell us your card or security information had been lost or stolen but the telephone numbers in the ‘Taking care of your account’ section were out of operation; or
    5. we did not carry out authentication checks that the Law required us to apply before allowing the payment.
  4. Where you are not responsible, we will refund the amount of the transaction and any charges or interest you paid or lost as a result of the transaction. We will not have any further liability to you. We normally refund this amount the same working day but we won’t do this if we reasonably believe you have acted fraudulently and we have disclosed this to the relevant authorities.

Liability for incorrect payments 

  1. If you ask us to make a payment to another person and the payment is not made properly or the person you are paying does not receive it, we will investigate what went wrong if you ask us, and will refund the amount of the transaction and any charges or interest you paid, and pay you any interest we would have paid on that amount, unless:
    1. we can show that the payment was received by the recipient’s bank; or
    2. you provided us with incorrect payment details. In this case, we are not responsible but if you ask us, we will make reasonable efforts to recover the payment and will tell you the outcome (we may charge our reasonable costs for doing so).

    If a payment is made late due to our error, you can ask us to make sure the payee’s bank adds the payment to the payee’s account as if it had been made on time

When we’re not responsible 

  1. We won't be responsible if we don't comply with any of these terms and conditions due to:
    1. abnormal or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control e.g. an industrial dispute, the consequences of which would have been unavoidable despite all our efforts; or
    2. us having to comply with Law.
  2. We won't be responsible if you are unable to use a card that you have registered or stored in an e-wallet or on your device unless this is as a result of something we have done. This is because we don't have any control over the e-wallet or your device.

Changes to this agreement, interest rates and charges

  1. As our agreement with you could last a long time, sometimes we may want or need to make changes to it. These changes may be:
    1. introducing new charges or changing existing charges, including charges for holding an account with us; or
    2. changes to the terms of your agreement.
  2. We can make these changes for one or more of the following reasons:
    1. to run our business in a profitable and fair way that balances the needs of our members with the need to remain competitive and maintain our financial strength. This might happen in response to external changes, such as movements in benchmark interest rates, such as the Bank of England base rate or the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR);
    2. to ensure our terms are consistent with products we offer new members or that the banking industry or our competitors offer;
    3. due to changes in the costs we incur in running our business or those we incur in providing our existing or new services to you. Examples of these costs might include administrative costs, employment costs, building costs and technology costs. This will also include where the costs of a service or benefit provided by us or by anyone else change;
    4. due to changes in your own circumstances, such as things that affect your credit score or the way you manage your financial affairs;
    5. to maintain the required amount or composition of capital our Regulators require us to hold. (Capital is the amount of money we are required to hold in reserve to ensure we can continue to meet our financial obligations.);
    6. as a result of changes in technology or the way we want to provide services to our members or to reflect changes in the way the banking industry delivers services;
    7. because of changes in our ownership or a re-organisation due to us merging with or acquiring another business;
    8. to respond to changes, or reasonably anticipated changes, in the Law, regulations or codes of practice which apply to us or because of a decision by a court, ombudsman or Regulator.
  3. If we want to make a change which is to your advantage, we can do that for any reason.
  4. As we can’t anticipate everything that may happen over the time you hold your account with us, we may also need to make changes for other justifiable reasons that impact on the way we run our business and your account. If we do, we will explain the reason to you when we tell you about the change. Any change we make will be proportionate to the reason we need to make it. In particular, if we are adjusting our account charges or the way we structure what you pay for your everyday banking services with us, including introducing new charges, we recognise that these changes are likely to have a greater impact on you and we will only make those changes when we believe that doing so is a balanced response to the changing circumstances.

When will we tell you about a change?  

  1. If we make a change for one of the reasons listed above we’ll tell you about it no less than 2 months in advance, except for changes to our exchange rates: we can make changes to our published exchange rates at any time and do not need to tell you about them in advance. Details of our current exchange rates that apply to outbound SWIFT and SEPA payments in a foreign currency can be found at nationwide.co.uk

How will we tell you about a change?  

  1. We will normally tell you about any changes to your account by writing to your address or by telling you personally in an electronic format that is equivalent to writing, such as by email. If we are able to make a change without giving you personal notice, we will tell you in one of the ways set out in the ‘Communication’ section of this agreement.

What you can do if we make a change

  1. If you're not happy with a change we tell you about in advance and you decide you don't want to keep the account, you can take all your money out and close or switch the account without charge. If you choose to close the account you will have to pay back any money you have borrowed before the account is closed.
  2. If we do not hear from you within 2 months of us telling you about the change, we'll take that to mean you've accepted the change on the date it came into effect.

Closing the account

  1. You or we can close your account by ending this current account agreement. You can end this agreement at any time by sending us a secure message in the Internet Bank or in any branch and you must repay all the amounts you are responsible for under this agreement.
  2. We may close your account immediately if:
    1. you have knowingly used, or attempted to use, your account for illegal purposes; or
    2. you provided us with incorrect information at application stage, and, if you’d provided the correct information, your application would have been refused; or
    3. we reasonably consider that your conduct towards our staff constitutes abuse or harassment or a public order offence.

    You will be given notification of closure in writing, and closure will take immediate effect.

  3. We may close your account by telling you in writing at least 2 months before we close it where:
    1. there have been no transactions on your account for at least 24 consecutive months; or
    2. you are no longer legally resident in the EEA; or
    3. you have access to another UK account, (with us or with another UK provider and which has the same basic features as a FlexBasic account) which was opened after you opened your account with us.
  4. Unless it is unlawful for us to do so, notification of closure of your account under these conditions will include details of the reason why.
  5. Where allowing you to hold the account causes us to breach the Law in the UK, we will take the action that is needed to ensure that we comply with the Law in the UK which may include suspending or terminating your account. We will tell you before we do this unless we are not permitted to do so under the Law in the UK or it is not reasonably practical or possible to do so.
  6. If you ask us to close your account, we will treat this as a withdrawal of your consent to any payment transaction (including a series of payment transactions), unless it is too late to withdraw your consent.
  7. You must destroy your card.
  8. If you close your account, any money you owe us will continue to apply until you have repaid all of that money to us.

Changing to a new current account

  1. We will review how you are managing your account to see whether the account is still suitable for you. The factors we will take into account in any review are:
    1. your eligibility for the account;
    2. what we know about your financial circumstances at the time of our review; and
    3. the way you have been using the account.
  2. If you have been managing your account well, you do not appear to us to be in financial difficulties and we have reasonable grounds to believe you would benefit from access to a wider range of services and features then we may move you to one of our other current accounts. We will give you at least 2 month’s written notice before we move you, including an explanation about why we are moving you, full account information and the terms of the new account. You can tell us if you do not want to be moved to the new account and, if you do this, you can keep this account.
  3. Along with this written notice, we’ll give you all the information you need about the new current account, including the terms and conditions that apply to that account. We’ll also tell you about the key differences between the new account and the FlexBasic account, such as the charges that will start to apply if you become overdrawn or if there isn’t enough money in your account to cover the payments you make. We’ll provide you with details of how to contact us so you can talk to us about the move to the new account or ask any questions you have – in this way you can think about whether or not the new account is right for you.
  4. If you tell us you do not want to move to the new account, you can keep this account and we will continue to review it on a regular basis. If you don’t get in touch with us to tell us you do not want to move to the new account, we’ll move you at the end of the 2 months’ notice period and you will be subject to the terms of the new account. We’ll ensure you have access to your new account straightaway before we close your FlexBasic account.
  5. If you tell us that you would like to move to the new account before the end of the 2 months’ notice period, we will do this for you. You’ll have access to your new account straightaway, before we close your FlexBasic account, and you will then be subject to the terms of the new account.

Transferring rights

  1. You can't transfer any of your rights and obligations in relation to your account, or your account itself, to another person.
  2. We can transfer all of our rights in relation to your account to someone else. We can transfer all of our obligations in relation to your account, but only to someone we reasonably consider capable of performing them equally as well as us and who is authorised or recognised by our Regulator as being able to accept deposits. This won't reduce any of your rights in relation to your account.

Unclaimed Assets Scheme

  1. We take part in the unclaimed assets scheme under the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act. If there has been no activity on your account for 15 years (or other period specified by Law in the UK), we may transfer any money in your account to the unclaimed assets scheme. You’ll still have the right to your money and you can contact us at any time for information about how to get your money back.

Holding your account

  1. Your account can be operated using a valid Power of Attorney or Court of Protection Order or Curator Bonis (Scotland) but your account facilities will be limited in these circumstances.
  2. No one else apart from you and us will have any rights under this agreement.

Applicable Law

  1. This agreement, the operation of the account, and any discussions we've had with you about entering into this agreement, are governed by English law and the language we'll use in this agreement and our communications will be English. If you want to bring a claim against us in the courts, the courts of England and Wales will be able to deal with any questions relating to this agreement but if you live in another country, you can bring a claim in the courts which are local to you.

If you’re not happy

  1. We hope that we always live up to your expectations. If we don't, we want to know so that we can put things right and improve the service we provide to our members. If you aren't satisfied with our service, you can contact us in a way that suits you:
    1. visit our website and click on the option 'Contact us' at nationwide.co.uk;
    2. phone 03457 30 20 15 (or +44 1793 65 67 89 if you are calling from outside the UK);
    3. talk to us in branch; or
    4. (if you've registered) through the Internet Bank.

    We will provide a full response to your complaint by post or by email or any other format we agree with you. We will try and do this within 3 working days if at all possible.

  2. If you are not satisfied with the way we've dealt with your complaint you can refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service within 6 months of receiving our final response. You can also refer your complaint to them first without giving us the opportunity to resolve it, but if you do this, they will only consider your complaint with our consent. The Financial Ombudsman Service provides a free, independent, complaint resolution service. Details about their service and how to refer a complaint to them can be found on their website at www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk. If you opened your account online, you may also have the option to refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service using the Online Dispute Resolution platform. The platform has been established by the European Commission to provide an online tool for consumers to resolve disputes about goods and services purchased online. The platform can be found at www.ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr.

How to use your account

Use of your personal information for providing payment services to you 

You explicitly consent to us accessing, processing and retaining any information you provide to us for the purposes of providing payment services to you. You may withdraw this consent by closing your account.

If you do this, we will stop using your information for this purpose, but may continue to process information about you for other purposes where we are required or allowed to by Law.

I’ve got a question about payments into my account 

This section covers:

  • how money can be paid into your account (including receiving money from inside the UK and receiving money from outside the UK) e.g. from your family, friends and organisations such as your employer;
  • what information they need to make the payment;
  • when the money paid into your account will be available to you;
  • whether you can keep money paid into your account by mistake.

Our Current Account Interest Rates and Charges Leaflet has details about whether we pay you interest on the money paid into your account, once it is available to you.

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How payments can be made into your account in pounds sterling within the UK.
How payments can be made into your account in pounds sterling within the UK
Payment Type What information is needed to make the payment to your account When will it be available?
Cash – (this can be paid in over the counter in branch or at one of our self-service machines) Your full name, sort code and account number

Branch - it will show in your account and be available for you to withdraw immediately.

Self-Service Machine

• Our 'Fast Cash' self-service machines automatically count your cash and the cash will show in your account and be available for you to withdraw immediately.

• If our self-service machine does not automatically count your cash, we will receive it when we empty the machine (this depends on the machine but won't be later than the next working day) and the cash will be applied to your account and be available for you to withdraw as soon as we have counted it.

Electronic payments (Standing orders, regular payments, bill payments, CHAPS) Your full name, sort code, account number and any other information required by Law or by the payer’s bank or building society. Once we receive it, it will show in your account and will be available for you to withdraw immediately
Payments made by mobile phone e.g. Paym The mobile phone number registered to be able to receive payments via the mobile phone service. Once we receive it, it will show in your account and will be available for you to withdraw immediately
Cheques Your name on your account – they will write that on the cheque which they will give to you for you to pay in:
  • in Branch;
  • at some of our Nationwide cash machines; or,
  • by posting the cheque to us at PO Box 8888, Swindon, SN38 1NW (together with the paying in form that is available via nationwide.co.uk

You must pay a cheque into your account within 6 months of the date on it, as we may not be able to collect funds after then. After that, you may need to ask the person or organisation that gave you the cheque to give you a new one.

The date on the cheque you're paying in must not be a date in the future.

All cheques go through a process called 'clearing'. Cheques posted in to us, paid in at our branches and our Nationwide cash machines will clear through an image clearing system.

The clearing system affects when you can withdraw the money, and when it will be 'cleared for certainty' which means it's definitely staying in your account unless you are, or we have reasonable grounds to suspect you are, a knowing party to fraud.

If we find out that the person or organisation who gave you the cheque doesn't have enough money to pay the amount of the cheque then we'll have to take the amount of the cheque out of your account. If you have already taken the money out of your account and this happens, you will be overdrawn, so it is advisable to wait until the money is 'cleared for certainty'.

More details about the image clearing system are set out in our Current Account Interest Rates and Charges leaflet.

We do not accept:

  1. Cash in a currency other than pounds sterling;
  2. Cheques in pounds sterling drawn on a non UK bank;
  3. Cheques in a Foreign currency.

Cheques are the only form of payment that can be sent to us in the post – we do not accept other forms of payment sent to us in the post

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How you can receive money from outside the UK in pounds sterling or in a Foreign currency by an Electronic Payment
How you can receive money from outside the UK in pounds sterling or in a Foreign currency by an Electronic Payment
What information is needed to make the payment to your account When will it be available?
  • Nationwide's Bank Identifier Code (BIC) – shown on your statement
  • SWIFT Intermediary Bank – shown on your statement
  • your International Bank Account Number (IBAN) – shown on your statement
  • your full name.

However if the payment type used is a SEPA Credit Transfer, you only need to provide the person sending the money with your International Bank Account Number (IBAN) and your full name.

If the payment is in a Foreign currency, we will convert the payment into pounds sterling using our standard inbound exchange rate. Our standard inbound exchange rate may vary, depending on the payment type.

Once the funds have been converted to pounds sterling, or if the payment is in pounds sterling, the funds will be added to your account and will be available to you to withdraw immediately.

If the details set out in the first column of this row are used, we can usually put your money into your account on the day we receive it.

If you'd like more information on payments in a Foreign currency into your account, please ask in branch or call us on 03457 30 20 11 (or ++44 1793 65 67 89 if you are calling from outside the UK) or see our ‘Overseas payments' leaflet available at nationwide.co.uk

Do I keep any money that’s paid into my account by mistake?

If another bank tells us that money has been paid into your account by mistake, we can take an amount up to the amount of the mistaken payment from your account. We generally do not have to tell you first but if we do try to check with you, we can stop you from withdrawing those funds while we try to contact you. We will deduct the funds when we are reasonably satisfied that there was a mistake.

If we do not return money which the payer's bank believes has been paid into your account by mistake, we are required to provide information to the payer's bank about you, your account and the payment in order that the payer can seek to recover the money.

I’ve got a question about payments out of my account 

This section covers:

  • how payments and withdrawals can be made from your account (both from inside the UK and from outside the UK);
  • what information you need to give to make the payment or withdrawal;
  • when the payment arrives with the person or organisation you are paying; and
  • how to cancel payments.

We will assume we are dealing with you and will make Electronic payments from your account (without making further checks) if we have checked your identity and you have given us your consent in one of the following ways:

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Payments out of your account within the UK made in pounds sterling
Payments out of your account within the UK made in pounds sterling
Type of payment How you give your instruction How you agree to us making the payment Additional Information
Cash withdrawal in pounds in the UK In a branch (in person). By signing a paper form which includes the payment details or, by inserting your debit card and PIN into a card terminal on the branch counter and confirming the payment details are correct (in branches that offer this service). We may set limits on how you can use a card or other device, for example, limiting the amount of cash you can withdraw in a day. We will tell you what these limits are when we give you the card or device.
Cash withdrawal in pounds in the UK By using the cash machine (either a Nationwide cash machine or LINK cash machines). By inserting your debit card and PIN and confirming the payment details are correct.

Occasionally when you use a cash machine the machine provider may make cash withdrawal charges over which we have no control. Make sure you read all the on-screen instructions carefully when using non Nationwide cash machines. If you are using a card to make a payment or withdrawal from a cash machine, the retailer or organisation which owns the cash machine will tell you if the payment has been refused.

If you use our self-service machines to pay money to a charity or to buy pay-as-you-go mobile phone top ups – these will be included in your daily cash withdrawal limit.

If you use your card to take money out of a cash machine and put your PIN in incorrectly a number of times or there is a technical failure, the cash machine might keep your card. Unfortunately, we can't be held responsible for any loss if this happens.

Cash withdrawal in pounds in the UK Over the counter at the Post Office in the UK (not available on FlexStudent or FlexGraduate accounts) By using your card
Card payment using your card or device At retailers that display the Visa sign. By entering your PIN into the card keypad or providing a signature.  
Contactless payments
It's just another way of making payments using your card or device. If you have a contactless card, you can make payments in seconds. Contactless makes it quicker to make low value purchases up to a limit we set.

If your card displays the contactless symbol it can be used at retailers who accept contactless payments.

If you have a Contactless card you can change to one without the Contactless feature and vice versa.

By tapping your card or device on the retailer's card terminal – occasionally you may also be asked to enter your PIN or provide a signature. You should make sure that you've enough money in your account before using your Contactless card as some shops and other organisations won't automatically ask us to check the amount of money in your account before you make a payment and this could lead to your account going into an unarranged overdraft.
Card payment using your card or device online or over the phone Online or over the phone – with retailers who accept cards displaying the VISA symbol.
By providing details from your card. We need to check the payment request has come from you. We do this by using a combination of your personal and card details, the 3 digit security number on the back of your card, the card reader, your mobile device, your log in / security details, biometric information (such as fingerprint recognition), and any security codes.
Only shop at websites which have secure payment pages, and always use a computer or device that you know is protected.
Recurring card payments Online or over the phone – with providers who accept recurring card payments. By providing details from your card. Normally these are regular, ongoing payments e.g. for a magazine subscription.
We need to check the payment request has come from you. We do this by using a combination of your personal and card details, the 3 digit security number on the back of your card, the card reader, your mobile device, your log in / security details, biometric information (such as fingerprint recognition), and any security codes.
You can make Electronic payments to other people's accounts in the UK Telephone Banking (certain payments only - please see "Important Information about your payments"), Internet Banking, Banking app or using a device (like a card). In exceptional circumstances you can telephone your account holding branch. Providing us with details of the payment you want us to make and confirming those details are correct.

You'll need to register to use services like Internet Banking or the Banking app and you'll have to provide us with information about where the payment is going to.

You must give us the correct details. If you don't, the payment may be delayed or not even received by the right person and we may not be able to get it back for you.

If you know you've made a mistake please contact us immediately on 03457 30 20 11 (or +44 1793 65 67 89 if you are calling from outside the UK).
We need to check the payment request has come from you. We do this by using a combination of your login/ security details, biometric information (such as fingerprint recognition), the card reader, your mobile device and any security codes, and confirming the details of the payment you wish to make.

You can set up regular payments in pounds sterling to pay another person or organisation by setting up a standing order or a direct debit
You can transfer money to other Nationwide accounts you have with us (if any). For example, you can transfer money you have in your account to a savings account with us, if you have one
Payment by cheque (if your account comes with a cheque book) By cheque Use of your signature. You must only write cheques in pounds sterling. We will take the money from your account on the same working day that we receive a cheque you have written. We can refuse to pay a cheque if it is more than 6 months old.
You must take reasonable precautions to stop anyone altering of forging your cheque.
You must not write a future date on a cheque. If you do, we can still pay the cheque when we receive it.
If you wish to cancel a cheque you must contact us immediately.
Paym (if you're registered with us for the Paym service) You'll need to give us the mobile number of the person you want to pay. The person you're sending money to must be signed up to Paym and if they're not we'll let you know. They'll also receive a text letting them know you tried to pay them. Select Paym within the Banking app and follow the instructions.  

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Payments out of your account made or sent outside of the UK made in pounds sterling or a Foreign currency
Payments out of your account made or sent outside of the UK made in pounds sterling or a Foreign currency
Type of payment How you give your instruction How you agree to us making the payment Additional Information
Getting cash using your card At cash machines that display the Visa sign abroad. By inserting your debit card and PIN and confirming the payment details are correct.

We may set limits on how you can use a card or other device, for example, limiting the amount of cash you can withdraw in a day. We will tell you what these limits are when we give you the card or device.

Occasionally when you use a cash machine the machine provider may make cash withdrawal charges over which we have no control. Make sure you read all the on-screen instructions carefully when using non Nationwide cash machines. If you are using a card to make a payment or withdrawal from a cash machine, the retailer or organisation which owns the cash machine will tell you if the payment has been refused.

Card payment using your card or device abroad
At retailers that display the Visa sign abroad.
By entering your PIN into the card keypad or providing a signature.  

Contactless payments It's just another way of making payments using your card or device. If you have a contactless card, you can make payments in seconds. Contactless makes it quicker to make low value purchases up to a limit we set.

If your card displays the contactless symbol it can be used at retailers who accept contactless payments.

If you have a Contactless card you can change to one without the Contactless feature and vice versa.

 

By tapping your card or device on the retailer's card terminal – occasionally you may also be asked to enter your PIN or provide a signature. You should make sure that you've enough money in your account before using your Contactless card as some shops and other organisations won't automatically ask us to check the amount of money in your account before you make a payment and this could lead to your account going into an unarranged overdraft.
Card payment using your card or device online or over the phone Online or over the phone – with retailers who accept cards displaying the VISA symbol. By providing details from your card.

Only shop at websites which have secure payment pages, and always use a computer or device that you know is protected.

We need to check the payment request has come from you. We do this by using a combination of your personal and card details, the 3 digit security number on the back of your card, the card reader, your mobile device, your log in/ security details, biometric information (such as fingerprint recognition) and any security codes.

When using your card or device to get cash or to make a card purchase, if you want the card scheme e.g. Visa to convert the payment or cash withdrawal to pounds sterling you must select to pay in the Foreign currency. Visa will carry out the conversion using their exchange rate and we'll deduct the amount in pounds sterling from your account. If you select to pay in pounds sterling, the conversion will be done by the retailer or self-service machine owner. For more details about the exchange rate that will apply and our fees see our Current Account Interest Rates and Charges leaflet.

For cash withdrawal/card purchases you make using your card in the EEA or within the UK in euro or the currency of another EU Member State, the Law requires providers to show total currency conversion charges as a percentage mark-up over the latest euro foreign exchange rates issued by the European Central Bank (ECB). This is so you can compare the currency conversion costs of different providers. For cash withdrawals/card purchases made in euro or another EU Member State currency you can view details of the percentage mark up which applies that day at nationwide.co.uk/currency-conversion.

VISA will actually convert your cash withdrawal/card purchase into pounds sterling using their exchange rate which applies on the day they receive details from the retailer/cash machine owner. This may be after the day on which you made the cash withdrawal/card purchase so the VISA exchange rate and the percentage mark up may be different to those on the day you made the cash withdrawal/card purchase.

If you use your card or device to buy things or to make a cash withdrawal in a Foreign currency outside the UK, there is usually a delay between the time when you make your purchase/cash withdrawal and when the money is taken out of your account. We will take the money from your account on the working day we receive details of the transaction from Visa. During this time, your account balance will include the amount of money you've spent but usually it won't be available to you.

If you'd like more information on making debit card payments in a Foreign currency out of your account please ask in branch, contact us on 03457 30 20 11 (or +44 1793 65 67 89 if you are calling from outside the UK) or see our 'Overseas payments' leaflet at nationwide.co.uk.

Electronic payment – you can make Electronic payments to send money outside the UK Internet Banking, Banking app or using a device (like a card). In exceptional cases you can telephone your account holding branch. Providing us with the details of the payment you want us to make and confirming those details are correct.

You'll need to register to use services like Internet Banking or the Banking app and you'll have to provide us with information about where the payment is going to.

You must give us the correct details. If you don't, the payment may be delayed or not even received by the right person and we may not be able to get it back for you.

If you know you've made a mistake please contact us immediately on 03475 30 20 11 (or +44 1793 65 67 89 if you are calling from outside the UK).

We need to check the payment request has come from you. We do this by using a combination of your log in / security details, biometric information (such as fingerprint recognition), the card reader, your mobile device and any security codes, and confirming the details of the payment you wish to make.

For Electronic payment transactions in a currency other than pounds sterling, we will convert the payment amount using our standard outbound exchange rate for that currency. Our standard outbound exchange rate may vary depending on payment type. These are variable rates that change frequently.

When you ask us to make a payment, we will provide you with details of the actual exchange rate.

If you use Internet Banking to request a payment to an account in an EEA country or the UK in euros or another EU currency, we will also provide details of our estimated charges for carrying out the currency conversion expressed as a percentage mark-up over the latest euro foreign exchange rates issued by the European Central Bank (ECB).

You can find details of our current exchange rates that apply to outbound SWIFT and SEPA payments in a foreign currency at nationwide.co.uk/exchange-rates.

If you ask us to make a payment that is in a different currency to the account of the person you are paying, we cannot control the exchange rate applied by their bank.

We do not accept and will not act on postal instructions to make a payment from your account.

What details do I need to give you if I want to make Electronic payments?

What information you need to give us depends on whether you are sending money within the UK or sending money outside the UK. The table below explains the information that you'll need to provide.

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What details do I need to give you if I want to make Electronic payments?
Information Payment in the UK Payment overseas or in a Foreign currency
Sort Code

Yes

No
Account Number Yes No
Reference/ roll number/ invoice number Yes Yes
Whether the account you are paying is a personal or business account Yes No
The first name and last name of the person you are paying or the name of the business (and reference, if applicable)* Yes Yes
Name of the recipient bank or building society No (unless your payment is being sent as a CHAPS payment) Yes
Address of the recipient bank or building society No (unless your payment is being sent as a CHAPS payment) Yes
Bank Identifier Code (BIC) or national bank code

No

Yes (unless your payment is being sent in euros as a SEPA Credit Transfer)
Recipient's bank account number or International Bank Account Number IBAN) (depending on the destination country) No Yes
* We may need to truncate the name you provide on the payment message we send to the recipient’s bank as there is only a limited amount of space on the payment message.

If we need anything else we will ask you at the time. If you need a cheque from your account, you can go into one of our branches and ask for a counter cheque to be issued – the charge for this service is in our Current Account Interest Rates and Charges Leaflet.

What happens if I spend more money than I have in my account? 

Usually a payment cannot be made out of your account if you don't have enough money in your account to make that payment. However sometimes we have to allow a payment despite lack of funds, which may cause you to go into an unarranged overdraft. If this does happen, there's nothing to worry about. We won't charge you anything at all. But we might contact you to let you know it has happened and how you can avoid it in future. You won't be able to spend any more money or take money out of a cash machine until your balance is brought back above zero.

I haven’t got enough money in my account to make a payment, can I do it anyway?

No, you should try and avoid making payments out of your account if you don't have enough money to cover it. You are not allowed to take more money out of your account or spend more money on your card than you have in your account (although there may be some occasions when you pay for things and the purchase system used by a merchant does not send us a request for prior authorisation of the payment and so we cannot prevent the account going into an unarranged overdraft).

If your account does go into an unarranged overdraft, we expect you to take reasonable steps to repay that money as soon as you can – going into an unarranged overdraft is a breach of the account terms and conditions. If any money you owe us is overdue for payment, we may use any money you have in any of your accounts with us to reduce or repay what you owe. We can do this where you have accounts in your name only, as well as with accounts you hold jointly with another person. We'll tell you at least 14 days before the first time we exercise this right.

When can I tell Nationwide I want to make payments, when will the money arrive, and how can I stop the payment?

The 'Important information about your payments' table tells you when you can give us instructions to make different types of payments, when the bank of the person you are sending the money to will get the money and how you can stop us sending the money if you change your mind.

Limits may apply to Electronic payments from your account – we make limits available to you when you ask us to make a payment and they can also be found on our website. We may also set internal limits for security purposes but won't make these available to you.

Payments in pounds sterling usually leave your account immediately – the position is slightly different for card and Electronic payments in a Foreign currency, which we've explained in the 'Payments out of your account made or sent outside of the UK made in pounds sterling or a Foreign currency' table.

Important information about your payments

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Payments in pounds sterling within the UK
Payments in pounds sterling within the UK
ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS
Payment Type When we receive your payment instructions When payments normally arrive at the recipient's bank Can you cancel your instruction?
Internal transfer to another Nationwide account

At the time you ask us to make the payment using the Internet Bank, Banking app, ATM and Telephone Banking.*

During opening hours at a branch.

Immediately. You cannot normally cancel a payment after we have accepted your instruction.
Future dated internal transfer to another Nationwide account

At the time you ask us to make the payment using the Internet Bank, Banking app or Telephone Banking.*

We must receive your payment instruction by 10.00pm on the working day before you want the payment to be sent. If we don't, your payment will be sent on the next working day.

Immediately. You can cancel the payment up to 10.00pm on the working day before it is due to leave your account.
Immediate Bill Payment – Bill Payments are made through the Faster Payments Service At the time you ask us to make the payment using the Internet Bank, Banking app, an ATM or during opening hours at a branch or, on an exceptional basis, by telephone or in writing. Within 2 hours.
For payments by telephone, if we receive your payment instruction before 4pm Monday – Friday, it will arrive at the recipient’s bank the same day. If we receive your payment instruction after 4pm Monday-Thursday, it will arrive at the recipient’s bank the next working day. If we receive the payment instruction after 4pm on a Friday or over the weekend, it will arrive at the recipient’s bank the next working day.
You cannot normally cancel a payment after we have accepted your instruction.
Future dated Bill Payment

At the time you ask us to make the payment using the Internet Bank or Banking app.

We need to receive your payment instruction by 10.00pm on the working day before you want the payment to be sent. If we don't, your payment will be sent on the next working day.

Within 1 working day. You can cancel the payment up to 10.00pm on the working day before it is due to leave your account.
Standing order – a regular payment for a set amount At the time you ask us to make the payment using the Internet Bank or during opening hours at a branch. We need to receive your instruction by 8:30pm on the working day before you want the payment to be sent. If we don't, your payment will be sent on the next working day. Within 1 working day. You can cancel the payment up to 8.30pm on the working day before it is due to leave your account.
Direct debits – a regular payment, the person you pay a direct debit to can change the amount but should give you advance notice.

To set up a direct debit you must complete an instruction form with the UK organisation you are paying.

We must receive the payment request from the person you are paying by 10.30pm 2 working days before the direct debit payment date. Payments are made on working days only. Payments due to be made on a weekend or bank holiday will be sent on the next working day.

On the date you have agreed with the organisation you are paying. You can cancel the payment up to 6.00pm on the working day or Saturday before it is due to leave your account. We recommend you also contact the company or person you are paying
CHAPS – Sterling payments within the UK

At the time you ask us to make the payment using the Internet Bank, during opening hours at a branch or, on an exceptional basis, by telephone.

For same day payments we must receive your instructions by 3.00pm on a working day. Payments are made on working days only. Payments due to be made on a weekend or bank holiday will be sent on the next working day.

On the same working day. You cannot normally cancel a payment after we have accepted your instruction.
* Telephone Banking can only be used to make an internal transfer to another Nationwide current or savings account in your name (including a joint account).

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Payments in pounds sterling within the UK
Payments in pounds sterling within the UK
Cards
Payment Type When we receive your payment instructions When payments normally arrive at the recipient's bank Can you cancel your instruction?
Purchases You can use your card to pay for goods and services at any time. Payment will be deducted from your account on the working day we receive the request from the retailer's bank. For card payments made outside the UK, payment will be deducted from your account when we receive details of the payment from VISA. You cannot cancel a card payment once you have authorised it, but a retailer or supplier may be able to make a refund.
Recurring card payments (for example, where you give someone permission to regularly take cash from your account using your card details)    

If you wish to cancel a recurring card payment, you must contact us by phone, in branch, or by using a secure message within the Internet Bank before 4:00pm on the working day before the next payment is due to leave your account. We recommend that you also inform the person you are paying that you have cancelled the payment.

Alternatively, you can cancel the recurring payment directly with the person or organisation you are paying. If you cancel a recurring card payment, all future payments will also be cancelled.

Please note that if we change your card number and/ or expiry date and you have used your card number to set up regular payments on your account to a person or organisation your payment mandate will be updated and future payments you make to them may be paid using your new card number and/ or expiry date.

Cash withdrawals  

The money will be deducted from your account on the same day for cash withdrawals in pounds in the UK.

For cash withdrawals in foreign currency outside the UK payment will be deducted from your account when we receive details of the withdrawal from Visa.

You can't cancel a cash withdrawal after you've pressed the button on the keypad agreeing to it.
In this table, references to cut-off times are to local times in the UK.

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Payments overseas or in a Foreign currency
Payments overseas or in a Foreign currency
Payment Type When we receive your payment instructions When payments normally arrive at the recipient's bank Can you cancel your instruction?
SWIFT – an international payment or a Foreign currency payment to another account within the UK.

At the time you ask us to make the payment using the Internet Bank, during opening hours at a branch, or, on an exceptional basis, by telephone.

Payments are made on working days only. Payments due to be made on a weekend or bank holiday will be sent on the next working day.

Within 1 working day if your payment is made in an EEA currency and to a country in the EEA or the UK.

If you make a payment to a country within the EEA or the UK that is not in an EEA currency your payment will normally arrive within 4 working days.

Payments outside the EEA will take longer – please ask us for details.

You cannot normally cancel a payment after we have accepted your instruction.
SEPA Credit Transfer – a payment in euro to an account in the Single Euro Payments Area. You can find out which countries are in the Single Euro Payments Area on our website.

At the time you ask us to make the payment using Internet Banking, during opening hours at a branch, or, on an exceptional basis, by telephone.

Payments are made on working days only. Payments due to be made on a weekend or bank holiday will be sent on the next working day.

Within 1 working day.

You can ask us to cancel a payment and ask the recipient’s bank to return the money if you’ve made duplicate payments by mistake, there has been a technical fault or someone else has fraudulently made the payment from your account. You must ask us to cancel the payment within 10 working days of the payment date but there is no guarantee that the recipient’s bank will return the payment.

You can ask us to contact the recipient’s bank to see if they will return a payment up to 13 months after the date of the payment for any reason but the payment can only be returned if the recipient agrees.

In this table, references to cut-off times are to local times in the UK.

If you make an overseas payment it may pass through one or more banks on its way to the recipient's account. Banks who are based outside the EEA or the UK may deduct fees from your payment before it reaches the recipient. This could mean that the money the recipient receives is less than the payment you sent to them.

If you make payments from your account to an account for another person or organisation and they move their account to another provider, your payment mandate may be updated and future payments you make to them may be paid to the person or organisation's new account.

If you make payments from your account to an account for another person or organisation and they move their account to another provider, your payment mandate may be updated and future payments you make to them may be paid to the person or organisation's new account.

If I get a refund on my card when will the money be back in my account?

We'll be able to pay the refund into your account when we receive it.

Can I use a Third Party Provider? 

Yes, if you are registered for Internet Banking, you can choose to use a Third Party Provider:

  • to make payments from your account on your behalf,
  • to provide account information services to you

provided the Third Party Provider is acting in accordance with the relevant regulatory requirements and is a participant in the Open Banking initiative. You can check whether the provider is authorised and part of the Open Banking initiative in the information they give to you about the services they will provide and by checking www.openbanking.org.uk.

If you have a joint account, each of you is entitled to consent to a Third Party Provider accessing information in respect of your account and/or making payments from your account, and either of you can revoke any ongoing consent granted to a Third Party Provider to access your account.

We will treat any instruction from a Third Party Provider as if it was from you. A Third Party Provider should not ask you for your Internet Banking security details in order to provide their service. If you give your security details to a third party that isn't authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority or a European Regulator, we'll have to assume it's you that's authorising us to give access to your account, will treat payments instructed by that third party as authorised by you and will not be responsible for any losses you suffer as a result of misuse or disclosure of information about your account by that third party.

If you consent to a Third Party Provider having access to information concerning your account, we will assume that you consent to access being granted as frequently as the Third Party Provider requests it.

If you ask a Third Party Provider to request a payment and they don't do this, we won't be responsible for your payment not being made.

We may stop a Third Party Provider from accessing your account for reasons related to unauthorised or fraudulent access to your accounts by that organisation. We'll tell you about this using any of the contact details we hold for you unless this would compromise our reasonable security measures or would be unlawful.

If you want to cancel the consent you have given to a Third Party Provider to access your account you can either contact them directly. Once a Third Party Provider has initiated a payment, you cannot normally cancel it. You can cancel some payments to be made in the future. Please see the 'Important information about payments' table.

We will not share your log in / Internet Banking security details with any third party.

My personal details have changed, should I tell you? 

Yes, you must tell us straight away if you change your personal details, the table below explains how to do this:

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My personal details have changed, should I tell you?
  Branch Internet Bank Over the phone
Name Yes No No
Address Yes Yes No
Telephone Number Yes Yes Yes
Email Address Yes Yes Yes

Will you ever ask me to provide information to you in order to keep my account safe? 

If we've taken action against someone else because of something that has happened on your account, you must help us and provide us with all the information we reasonably ask for. However, we will never ask you (and you should never tell anyone, apart from a Third Party Provider if they ask you, not even our representatives) for your Internet Banking security data (such as your customer number, your passnumber, one time passcodes and card reader codes) or your PIN.

Communication

How will you contact me? 

When we contact you for service and operational reasons, such as telling you about changes to terms and conditions, sending you information, letters or notices, we'll use any contact details we have for you. This includes your postal address, your telephone numbers and your e-mail address. We may also send you messages within the Internet Bank or Banking app.

On joint accounts, we'll send this information to the address or contact details of the first person named on our records only, even if you live at different addresses, unless we are required by Law to contact you both.

If we need to contact you because of a suspected fraud or because of security concerns relating to your account, we will do this by a secure method of communication. As part of this we may have to ask you to provide parts of your security information/personal information so we can be sure we are talking to you but we will never ask you to disclose a password or other information in full.

If we say in these terms and conditions that we will send you a personal notification, we'll contact you in at least one of the following ways:

  • By writing to you (email, letter or text);
  • Sending you a secure message or notice in Internet Banking or via the Banking app (where you are a registered user).

If we do not specify that we will send you a personal notification, we may then tell you in at least one of the following ways:

  • Displaying information in branch;
  • Displaying information on our website;
  • Advertising in the press.

We may also contact you by:

  • Phoning you;
  • Speaking to you in person (in branch); or
  • Any other way that is reasonable and appropriate at the time.

We may use your mobile phone number, email address, secure messages through Internet Banking, push notifications through the Banking app or any new methods that may become available in the future to notify you of certain activity on your account. We'll use the most recent contact details we hold for you and you will be able to opt out of these alerts by contacting us. If you choose to opt out of these alerts you will be able to opt back in at any time by contacting us.

If we communicate by a method that would only be effective for UK residents (e.g. in branch), we will also do so by another method (e.g. by email or on the website) for the benefit of members who live elsewhere in the EEA.

In order to receive and see messages using email and on the Internet Bank you must make sure that your device is set up correctly and has the right hardware, operating system and browser.

How to contact us

There are times when you will need to contact us, for example, to report suspicious or unauthorised activity on your account. Where you need to do that in a specific way, we have set out the information in the relevant section of the terms.

If you need to speak to us about anything else, or you want to close your account, please contact us in any branch or call us on 03457 30 20 11.

Can my account be changed to a new current account?

At any time you can ask us whether we can move you to a different Nationwide current account and, if you are eligible and we agree, we will do this for you, ensuring you have access to your new account straightaway before we close your FlexBasic. From time to time we will review how you use and manage your account to see whether the account is still suitable for you. Following a review, if you are eligible for one of our other current accounts which offers greater access to a wider range of benefits and we reasonably believe you would benefit from that account, we may move you to it. We will give you at least 2 months' notice before we move you, explaining why we are moving you and give you the terms and conditions for the account we are moving you to. During this 2 month period you can:

  • tell us that you do not want to move to the new account and you can keep your FlexBasic account, or
  • ask us to move you sooner, before the end of the 2 months.

If you don't do either of these things, we will move you to your new account at the end of the 2 months and ensure you have access to your new account straightaway before we close your FlexBasic. After you have been moved to the new current account, you will still have 30 days to change your mind and we will move you back to your FlexBasic account.

Can I have more than one FlexBasic account?

No, you can only have one FlexBasic account at any one time, which can be held in your sole name or jointly by you and another person.

How will Nationwide use my personal information?

We will share information about you and your account within Nationwide so that we can better look after you and your account. We may also share information with other organisations in certain circumstances. Holding a FlexBasic will be noted on your credit file with a credit reference agency in the UK as holding a ‘basic bank account’ rather than just a ‘current account’.

It is important you understand how the personal information you give us will be used so we strongly advise that you read our guide about how we use your personal information. You can find this by visiting nationwide.co.uk/privacy where you’ll find a ‘How Nationwide uses your Information’ section.

From time to time we’ll look at the way you use your account so that we can see how you look after your money. There may also be other services and products we can offer you in the future depending on if you are eligible and how you have looked after your money.

Words we use

Account This means your Nationwide account which is either in your name or held jointly with somebody else.

Banking app This is a service you can register for if you are already registered for Internet Banking – it's an app that allows you to have access to your account via a mobile device.

Branch This means one of our branches in the UK, and you can find details of the locations of our branches at nationwide.co.uk/support/contact-us/branch-finder.

Card This means the debit card we issue on your account. We will make it clear whether the context means use of your actual card, or use of the details you store in an e-wallet.

Cheques You may receive payments in pounds sterling from other people in the form of a cheque drawn on a UK bank or building society, instructing payment of a specified sum in pounds sterling to you, which you can pay into your account.

Direct debit When you ask another person or organisation to take money in pounds sterling out of your account with us. You may also see this referred to in our current account literature as -The customer permits someone else (recipient) to instruct the account provider to transfer money from the customer's account to that recipient. The account provider then transfers money to the recipient on a date or dates agreed by the customer and the recipient. The amount may vary.

Direct debits are often used to pay for things like magazine subscriptions or gym or club membership. We do not offer members the ability to set up direct debits in Euros and you can only set up a direct debit with the organisation you are paying. If you've set up any direct debits on your account to pay another person or UK organisation and that person or UK organisation's bank doesn't take any money from your account for a long time (usually 13 months or more), we can delete the record from your account unless the person or the UK organisation you are paying tells us that it shouldn't be deleted.

EEA The European Economic Area and the countries in the EEA are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

Electronic payment Payments made into or out of your account via electronic banking systems. This includes direct debits, standing orders, bill payments, Paym payments, CHAPS and overseas payments.

Exchange rate The rate used to convert a payment in a Foreign currency to or from pounds sterling (e.g. to calculate how many euros is equal to one pound).

Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) The Financial Ombudsman Service was established in 2001 and helps settle disputes between consumers and UK-based businesses providing financial services, such as banks, building societies and insurance companies.

Foreign currency Means a currency other than pounds sterling.

Interest The extra money we may pay into your account if you have money in your account.

Internet Bank/Internet Banking This is a service you can register for with us that allows you to have access to your account via a secure site you can log in to via nationwide.co.uk.

Law Means any law, regulation, code or other duty that applies to us or which we have agreed to follow.

Law in the UK Means the law of England and Wales.

Month Means a calendar month.

Nationwide cash machine Means one of our cash machines, which we refer to in this agreement as 'our self-service machine(s)', a 'Nationwide cash machine' or a 'Fast Cash' self-service machine'.

Paym This is a service you can register for with us. It's a UK payment service which will allow you to make and receive payments securely using a UK mobile
phone number.

PIN Personal Identification Number. It's a 4 digit number that you need to remember to use when you use your card at cash machines or to buy things in shops.

Regulator An organisation that supervises financial institutions to ensure certain requirements, restrictions and guidelines are followed, aiming to maintain the integrity of the financial system and provide the best outcome for customers. We're subject to the requirements of a number of Regulators such as the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) and the Information Commissioner's Office.

Standing order When you ask us to pay a set amount of money at regular intervals (e.g. weekly or monthly) to someone else's bank account or when someone else pays a set amount of money at regular intervals into your account. You may also see this referred to in our current account literature as – The account provider makes regular transfers, on the instruction of the customer, of a fixed amount of money from the customer's account to another account.

Statement A record of what has been paid into and out of your account.

SWIFT A way of making a pounds sterling payment from the UK to another country or a payment in a currency other than pounds sterling. SWIFT cannot be used to make payments in euros to an account within the Single Euro Payments Area.

Telephone Banking Means our telephone banking service.

Third Party Provider Means a third party payment service provider which is authorised by Law to access information and/or give instructions to make payments from online payment accounts operated by other providers (such as us and other building societies, banks and credit card issuers).

Working day Any day which is not a Saturday or Sunday, or a Bank Holiday in England and Wales. Where, due to time difference, it is a different day in England and Wales than in your jurisdiction (e.g. it is Tuesday in your jurisdiction and Monday in England and Wales), references should be read as referring to the day in England and Wales (Monday, in this example).

In this document, references to cut-off times are to local times in the UK.

We are able to provide this document in Braille, large print or audio cassette upon request. Your local branch will arrange this for you or you can contact us on 0800 30 20 11.

If you have hearing or speech difficulties and are a textphone user, you can call us direct in text on 0800 37 80 01. We also accept calls via BT TypeTalk. Just dial 18001 followed by the full telephone number you wish to ring.

Nationwide Building Society is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority under registration number 106078. You can confirm our registration on the FCA’s website fca.org.uk (opens in a new window).

Nationwide Building Society. Head Office: Nationwide House, Pipers Way, Swindon, SN38 1NW