Changes to Financial Services Compensation Scheme cover
Your deposits with Barclays Bank PLC are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), which is the independent deposit protection scheme for the United Kingdom. The FSCS can pay compensation to depositors if a bank is unable to meet its financial obligations. Most depositors are covered by the scheme.
FSCS Deposit protection limit
From 1 January 2016, the FSCS will protect eligible deposits you hold with us up to a total of £75,000. Any deposits you hold above £75,000 are unlikely to be covered.
Refer to FSCS Information Sheet below for further information
Additional cover information
General limit of protection
Your eligible deposits held at the same bank, building society or credit union are added up in order to determine the coverage level.
From 1 January 2016:
The FSCS will protect most eligible deposits up to a total of £75,000. Any deposits you hold above the limit are unlikely to be covered.
Limit of protection for joint accounts
The deposit protection limit relates to the combined amount in all the eligible depositors’ accounts with the bank, including their share of any joint account, and not to each separate account.
For joint accounts each account holder is treated as having a claim in respect of their share.
Temporary high balances
In some cases, an eligible deposit which is categorised as a "temporary high balance" (for example, as a result of a house sale, inheritance, or insurance payment) may be protected to a higher limit for six months after the amount has been credited to your account or from the moment when such eligible deposits become legally transferable. This applies from 3 July 2015. See the FSCS website for full details.
Exclusions from protection
A deposit is excluded from protection if:
- 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, building society or credit union.
- The deposit arises out of transactions in connection with which there has been a criminal conviction for money laundering.
- 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 fund (unless they are deposits by personal pension schemes, stakeholder pension schemes, and occupational pension schemes of micro, small and medium sized enterprises)
public authority, other than a small local authority.
The following deposits, categories of deposits or other instruments are no longer protected from 3 July 2015:
- deposits of a credit union to which the credit union itself is entitled
- deposits which can only be proven by a financial instrument (listed in section C of Annex 1 of Directive 2014/65/EU; for example, transferable securities, money market instruments, units in collective investment undertakings, options, futures, swaps, forward rate agreements and other derivative agreements and contracts with differences) unless it is a savings product which is evidenced by a certificate of deposit made out to a named person and which exists in a Member State on 2 July 2014)
- deposits of a collective investment scheme which qualifies as a small company (under the Companies Act 1985 or Companies Act 2006)
- deposits of an overseas financial services institution which qualifies as a small company (under the Companies Act 1985 or Companies Act 2006)
- deposits of certain regulated firms (investment firms, insurance undertakings and reinsurance undertakings) which qualify as a small business or a small company (under the Companies Act 1985 or Companies Act 2006) – refer to the FSCS for further information on this category.
The FSCS aims to repay your eligible deposits (up to the compensation limit) within 7 days, and is required to do so within 20 working days (with some exceptions).
If you have any questions regarding the change in the compensation limit, please contact the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) at:
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
10th Floor Beaufort House
15 St. Botolph Street
Tel: 0800 678 1100