02 November 2017

TSB Unwinds Last Summer's Interest Rate Changes Following Bank of England Base Rate Rise

Today the Bank of England has decided to increase the base rate by 0.25% to 0.50% – unwinding its 0.25% rate cut made last summer.

TSB will also be unwinding the changes made to the interest rates on its variable rate savings, mortgage and base rate linked credit card accounts – putting customers back into the position they were at in August 2016, before the Bank of England reduced rates by 0.25%.

Interest rates on TSB’s variable rate mortgage and base rate linked credit card accounts will increase by 0.25%. Interest rates on variable rate savings accounts will increase by 0.15%. In August 2016, TSB protected savers from the full base rate decrease by only reducing interest rates by 0.15%.

TSB Partners are ready and available to help savers and borrowers understand the impact these changes will have, to answer any questions and to guide our customers through this change.

Jatin Patel, TSB’s Product Director, says: “It’s been over a decade since base rates have increased and customers will have many questions about how the increase will affect them. We will be putting our customers’ variable rate mortgages and savings back to the position they were at before the Bank of England reduced rates last year.

“People may find it daunting to navigate the changes without support, which is why TSB Partners are on hand to help. We have great Partners in our branches and on our customer service team to guide people through this change.”

A detailed summary of TSB’s interest rate changes can be found in the table below. Rate changes will come into effect on 30 November 2017 for credit card customers, and on 1 December 2017 for mortgage and savings customers.

Helping customers to borrow well

Many TSB customers who have taken advantage of TSB’s range of fixed rate mortgages will not be affected by this base rate increase.

For customers with a variable rate mortgage, TSB understands that this may be the first time many customers have experienced an increase to their mortgage payments. Customers with concerns or questions should contact their local branch or our customer service team to book an appointment with our mortgage advisers who will be happy to help and discuss what options are available.

On a typical variable mortgage of £100,000, an increase of 0.25% will see payments rise by around £3 a week. TSB is encouraging all borrowers to pause for thought about how they would factor any increase into their monthly budget.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for borrowers who may see their payments increase – but there is no need to panic. For borrowers who are concerned, now is the time to talk to their lender and start preparing.

Variable borrowing rates
Product
Rates increased by
Effective date
Variable Rate Mortgages
0.25%
1 December 2017
Business Banking Variable Lending
0.25%
1 December 2017
Base Rate linked Credit Cards
0.25%
30 November 2017
Variable savings rates
Product
Rates increased by
Effective date
Junior Cash ISA
No change
N/A
Young Saver (balances of £0-£20,000)
0.25%
1 December 2017
Business Banking Saving Rates
Up to 0.05%
1 December 2017
All other savings accounts for new and existing customers
0.15%
1 December 2017

 

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