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Help to Buy: ISA

Manage your savings

The Help to Buy: ISA has closed to new savers, but you can add money to one you’ve already opened until 30 November 2029. You can also take a look at the other ways we can help if you're saving to buy a home.

Managing your Help to Buy: ISA

How long can I keep my Help to Buy: ISA?

You can keep saving into the ISA until 30 November 2029. The deadline for claiming the Help to Buy: ISA bonus from the government is on or before 1 December 2030.

How do I check my balance and transactions?

You can manage our ISA using the Barclays app. Registering for the app is simple, if you haven’t already. You can also manage your ISAs in Online Banking, by phone or at a branch.

What’s the interest rate?

See the rate we’re currently paying on our Help to Buy: ISA and check your monthly top-up limit.

How much can I pay in?

You can pay in up to £1,200 in the calendar month of first deposit, and up to £200 in each calendar month after that until November 2029.

Can I transfer-in from another ISA?

Yes, you can transfer-in using Online Banking, Telephone Banking (0345 744 5445 1) if you’ve registered for these services, or by visiting a branch. You’ll need to have opened a Help to Buy: ISA with us by the deadline of 30 November 2019.

Can I withdraw money from my
Help to Buy: ISA?

You can take out money whenever you want. Just remember that making withdrawals means it will take longer to build up your savings, as you can only pay in up to £200 per month. Also, the bonus amount you receive from the government is based on the closing balance by the time you claim.

What bonus amount can I claim from the government?

It depends on the balance of your Help to Buy: ISA when you close it. You need to have saved at least £1,600, which means you could claim a £400 bonus. You can claim a maximum bonus of £3,000 if your closing balance is £12,000 or more.

How do I claim my Help to Buy: ISA bonus?

To qualify for the government bonus, the property must be in the UK and with a purchase price of up to £250,000 outside of London and £450,000 inside London. Your solicitor or conveyancer will claim the bonus on your behalf, so make sure they’re eligible to submit claims through the scheme before you instruct them. You need to

  • Be a first-time buyer
  • Be buying a property with a mortgage
  • Have saved a minimum of £1,600
  • Close your account in one transaction when you're ready to purchase your first UK property. You can't use the government bonus to cover any costs before completion or to use as the deposit when you exchange contracts
  • Pass your closing statement to your solicitor or conveyancer so they can claim the government bonus for you

Can I reopen my Help to Buy: ISA if my property purchase falls through?

Yes, providing you ask us to reopen the account within 12 months of the date you closed it. You’ll need to provide a purchase-failure notice from your solicitor or conveyancer.

Are there other ways to save for a deposit on my first home?

Take a look at our savings tips for first-time buyers, and then browse our range of ISAs.

Where can I find more details about Help to Buy: ISAs?

The government provides full details of the Help to Buy: ISA rules, including eligibility. You can also download our Guide to ISAs and our Help to Buy: ISA terms and conditions.

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1-Year Flexible Cash ISA

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