Over 900,000 new fee-free basic bank accounts were opened between July 2016 and June 2017, takingthe total number of fee-free accounts open to nearly 5 million, according to the governments basicbank account report published today.
Basic bank accounts have been available in the UK for over a decade, but since September 2016 theUKs nine largest banks have been legally required to offer fee-free basic bank accounts, designed toimprove financial inclusion for those who dont have a current account or who might struggle to opena standard account.
Other findings in this years report include:
- there are just under 8 million basic bank accounts open in the UK
- for the second year running, Nationwide and Lloyds Banking Group opened the most fee-freebasic bank accounts between July 2016 and June 2017
- Nationwide, Clydesdale Yorkshire Banking Group, and Co-op have a larger market share ofbasic bank accounts than personal current accounts
- Lloyds Banking Group accounts for almost half of the basic bank account market
Stephen Barclay, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury said:
Making sure that everyone has access to the financial services that they need is at the heart of ourplan to build a fairer society and an economy that is fit for the future. The government has legislatedto make sure fee-free basic bank accounts are available to those who need them and I am pleased tosee that so many people - who might have previously been at risk of running up debt through bankcharges - have access to a completely free account. It is important for a fair economy that bankscontinue to help all their customers to manage their finances confidently and responsibly.