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Barclays launches best buy cash ISA


Barclays is launching two new savings accounts including a best buy cash ISA paying 3.55 per cent gross/3.61 per cent AER interest to help customers make the most of their tax-free savings allowance.

The Golden ISA is available to new and existing customers and can be opened with a minimum £1 and a maximum of £3,600. To qualify for the 2008/2009 tax year the account must be opened by Sunday April 5, 2009 for or from Monday April 6, 2009 for the 2009/2010 tax year. The 3.55 per cent gross/3.61 per cent AER includes a one per cent gross bonus for 12 months.

Andy Gray, Barclays Head of Mortgages and Savings said: “Our Golden ISA is simple and transparent with no additional purchase conditions. It allows you to invest between £1 and £3,600 in each tax year, offering the best rate on the market for any similar cash ISA. It pays a massive 3.05 per cent more than the latest Bank of England base rate and makes this a great deal for savers. Once open, customers have complete flexibility with this best buy ISA with unrestricted access to the funds should they need them and they still get their interest tax free.

We would encourage customers who have not already subscribed to an ISA in the current tax year to apply as soon as possible so they do not miss out on their annual ISA allowance.”

Golden ISA is available for consumers who have not already paid into a cash ISA in this year. Please note transfers in cannot be made from an existing ISA.

New and existing customers can open their Golden ISA instantly through a branch. In addition Barclays current account customers using online banking can apply online or by telephone banking 0800 49 49 49. Online and telephone applications can be made from 7am until 11pm seven days a week, whilst many branches will be opening for extra hours over the weekend of Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5 to coincide with the end of the tax year.

At the same time Barclays will be simplifying its saving range by replacing a couple of savings products with MoreForMore Savings, which provides instant access and has no restrictions or interest penalties. The new account offers a cash card and allows savers to open multiple accounts to help them manage their money for specific purposes. The cash in the accounts is linked together and the interest rate the customers earns is on the total combined balances, paying up to 1.24 per cent gross/1.25 per cent AER. (See interest rates in notes to editors.).

Barclays Monthly Savings remains available and continues to pay 5.84 per cent gross/6.00 per cent AER - one of the highest savings rates currently available.
Notes to Editors:

The rates for the new Barclays savings accounts:
•New - Golden ISA - Tax-free – pays a market leading rate of 3.55% tax-free/3.61% AER.
•New - MoreForMore Savings - Branch Based Instant Access – gives savers the opportunity to structure their savings into individual accounts to help them manage their money, earning interest on the combined balances. No other competitor offers this service.

Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail and commercial banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth management and investment management services, with an extensive international presence in Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia.

With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 155,000 people.

Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for over 48 million customers and clients worldwide.

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