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Financial Services Compensation Scheme Information Sheet

Basic information about the protection of your eligible deposits
Eligible deposits in Saffron Building Society are protected by: the Financial Services Compensation Scheme ("FSCS")1
Limit of protection:

£85,000 per depositor per bank / building society /credit union2

The following trading names are part of your bank / building society / credit union:

Saffron Building Society and Saffron Direct

If you have more eligible deposits at the same bank / building society / credit union: All your eligible deposits at the same bank / building society / credit union are "aggregated" and the total is subject to the limit of £85,000.2
If you have a joint account with other person(s): The limit of £85,000 applies to each depositor separately.3
Reimbursement period in case of bank, building society or credit union's failure: 20 working days4
Currency of reimbursement: Pound sterling (GBP, £) or, for branches of UK banks operating in other EEA Member States, the currency of that State.

To contact Saffron Building Society for enquiries relating to your account:

To contact the FSCS for further information on compensation:

Saffron Building Society
1A Market Street,
Saffron Walden,
Essex CB10 1HX

Financial Services Compensation Scheme
10th Floor Beaufort House,
15 St Botolph Street
London EC3A 7QU
Tel: 08006781100 or 020 77414100

More information:

1Scheme responsible for the protection of your eligible deposit

Your eligible deposit is covered by a statutory Deposit Guarantee Scheme, If insolvency of your bank, building society or credit union should occur, your eligible deposits would be repaid up to £85,000 by the Deposit Guarantee Scheme.

2General limit of protection

If a covered deposit is unavailable because a bank, building society or credit union is unable to meet its financial obligations, depositors are repaid by a Deposit Guarantee Scheme. This repayment covers at maximum £85,000 per bank, building society or credit union, This means that all eligible deposits at the same bank, building society or credit union are added up in order to determine the coverage level. If, for instance a depositor holds a savings account with £80,000 and a current account with £20,000, he or she will only be repaid £85,000.

This method will also be applied if a bank, building society or credit union operates under different trading names, Saffron Building Society also trades under Saffron Direct. This means that all eligible deposits with one or more of these trading names are in total covered up to £85,000.

In some cases eligible deposits which are categorised as "temporary high balances" are protected above £85,000 for six months after the amount has been credited or from the moment when such eligible deposits become legally transferable. These are eligible deposits connected with certain events including:

  1. certain transactions relating to the depositor's current or prospective only or main residence or dwelling;
  2. a death, or the depositor's marriage or civil partnership, divorce, retirement, dismissal,redundancy or invalidity;
  3. the payment to the depositor of insurance benefits or compensation for criminal injuries or wrongful conviction.

More information can be obtained under

3Limit of protection for joint accounts

In case of joint accounts, the limit of £85,000 applies to each depositor.

However, eligible deposits in an account to which two or more persons are entitled as members of a business partnership, association or grouping of a similar nature, without legal personality, are aggregated and treated as if made by a single depositor for the purpose of calculating the limit of £85,000.


The responsible Deposit Guarantee Scheme is the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, 10th Floor Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph Street, London, EC3A 7QU, Tel: 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100, Email:, It will repay your eligible deposits (up to £85,000) within 20 working days until 31 December 2018; within 15 working days from 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2020;within 10 working days from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023; and within 7 working days from 1 January 2024 onwards, save where specific exceptions apply.

Where the FSCS cannot make the repayable amount available within 7 working days, it will, from 1 June 2016 until 31 December 2023, ensure that you have access to an appropriate amount of your covered deposits to cover the cost of living (in the case of a depositor which is an individual) or to cover necessary business expenses (in the case of a depositor which is not an individual or a large company) within 5 working days of a request.

If you have not been repaid within these deadlines, you should contact the Deposit Guarantee Scheme since the time to claim reimbursement may be barred after a certain time limit. Further information can be obtained under

Other important information

In general, all retail depositors and businesses are covered by Deposit Guarantee Schemes. Exceptions for certain deposits are stated on the website of the responsible Deposit Guarantee Scheme. Your bank, building society or credit union will also inform you of any exclusions from protection which may apply. If deposits are eligible, the bank, building society or credit union shall also confirm this on the statement of account.

Exclusions List

A deposit is excluded from protection if:

  1. The holder and any beneficial owner of the deposit have never been identified in accordance with money laundering requirements. For further information, contact your bank, bank building society or credit union.
  2. The deposit arises out of transactions in connection with which there has been a criminal conviction for money laundering.
  3. It is a deposit made by a depositor which is one of the following:
    • credit institution
    • financial institution
    • investment firm
    • insurance undertaking
    • reinsurance undertaking
    • collective investment undertaking
    • pension or retirement fund1
    • public authority other than a small local authority

For further information about exclusions, refer to the FSCS website at

1Deposits by personal pension schemes, stakeholder pension schemes and occupational pension schemes of micro, small and medium sized enterprises are not excluded.

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170th Birthday Regular Saver

The account at a glance

To celebrate our 170th anniversary, we are pleased to introduce our 170th Birthday Regular Saver

This account is only available to individuals who currently reside in our heartland area. A list of qualifying post codes can be found in the account specific rules and criteria below.

When you open this account, you will automatically be entered into our 170th Birthday Prize draw – subject to prize draw terms and conditions.

The 170th Birthday Regular Saver offers a competitive rate of interest. It may be appropriate for those with a short-term savings goal, who are saving up for something like a holiday or home improvements. You can save regularly and, should you need it, have immediate access to your savings.

Limited availability and can be withdrawn at any time.

Protecting your money

Summary Box

Account name

170th Birthday Regular Saver

What is the interest rate?

The interest rate paid on the account will be paid as below:

Balance Interest Gross p.a./AER*
£100 + Annually 2.50%

current rates valid from 29 July 2019

Balance Interest Gross p.a./AER*
£100 + Annually 2.50%

previous rates valid from 29 July 2019 to 29 July 2019 and refer to the previous issue of the account

current rates | previous rates

Interest is calculated daily and paid gross; without the deduction of tax, into your account upon maturity at the end of the 12 month term.

Can Saffron Building Society change the interest rate?

The interest rate for this account is variable and can be changed in accordance with clauses 7.6 – 7.10 (inclusive) of the Savings Terms & Conditions.

What would the estimated balance be after 12 months?

The following projection is provided for illustrative purposes only and doesn't take into account your individual circumstances. It assumes no withdrawals are made and that you deposit the maximum amount of £1,000 each month.

Maximum monthly payment Gross p.a./AER* Balance after 12 months
£1,000 2.50% £12,163.15
How do I open and manage my account?

To be eligible to open this account you must:

  • Be a UK resident aged 16 or over residing in one of our qualifying post codes**
  • Only hold one of these accounts at a time
  • Deposit between £100 and £1,000 per calendar month, this can be made up of multiple deposits
  • Open in branch, by post or online
  • Provide a valid email address and mobile number
  • Provide details of your current account held with another bank or building society. This must be in your name and will be used as your Nominated Bank Account

Please Note: Before we can open your account, we will confirm your identity using electronic searches and paper based evidence.

To manage your account:

  • You can manage this account in branch, by post or online. If you open your account online and wish to manage your account in branch, we will initially require one Proof of Identity (Please see our Identifying you and preventing fraud leaflet to see the list of documentation we accept)

To ensure you receive the maximum monthly interest your payments need to reach your account by the 28th of each month for them to be counted. Any missed payments cannot be backdated.

Can I withdraw money?

You can withdraw cleared funds from this account at any time

Cash withdrawals are allowed up to a maximum limit of £1,000 per day. Cheque withdrawals are allowed up to the maximum balance of your account. (If you are an Online account holder, funds can be withdrawn electronically to your nominated bank account).

If your account falls below the minimum balance of £100, you will earn a fixed rate of 0.05% gross/AER*, until the account returns to the required minimum balance.

Once opened, your account will mature after 12 months. It will automatically switch to a variable rate Maturity Easy Access account.

Additional information

If you decide this account isn’t right for you, you can close your account. Cleared funds will be returned to you with the inclusion of any interest earned.

You may need to pay tax on any interest that exceeds your Personal Savings Allowance. For more information, please contact HMRC or visit

Our full Savings Terms & Conditions will be provided to you before opening this account; you can ask us for a copy at any time.

* The gross rate is the rate before deducting tax at the rate applicable to savings income. The annual equivalent rate (AER) is a notional rate which illustrates what the gross interest rate would be if the interest was paid and added to the account annually.

Account Specific Rules and Criteria – Effective from 29 July 2019

**Qualifying post codes

This account is only available to those who reside around our current branch locations. All individuals opening this account must reside in one of the following postcodes at the time of application:

  • CB
  • CO
  • CM
  • SG
  • RM
  • IG
  • EN
  • AL
  • SS

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Your eligible deposits with Saffron Building Society are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the FSCS, the UK’s deposit protection scheme. Any deposits you hold above the £85,000 threshold are not covered. You can visit for more information.

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