Santander removes unarranged overdraft fees on 1|2|3 current accounts

From today, 10 July 2018, Santander will introduce a new fee structure for overdrafts which will remove or reduce unarranged overdraft fees for all customers.

All unarranged overdraft fees will be removed completely from the 123 Current Account, the 123 Lite Current Account and the Select and Private current accounts providing additional benefit to four million Santander adult current account customers who pay a monthly account fee for the benefits these accounts provide.

On other personal current accounts which carry no monthly account fees, such as the Everyday Current Account and the Student range of accounts, the Maximum Monthly Charge (MMC) – or the monthly unarranged overdraft fee cap – will be almost halved from £95 to £50. This monthly cap covers all unarranged overdraft fees, including paid and unpaid item fees. In addition since February 2018 all customers are automatically registered for unarranged overdraft alerts.

Santander's Basic Current Account will continue to be available to new and existing customers. This account has no overdraft fees and no monthly account fee.

Reza Attar-Zadeh, Head of Customer Proposition and Experience at Santander UK said: “These changes mean our four million 1|2|3, Select and Private current account customers will no longer incur unarranged overdraft fees. For other customers the cap on these fees will be almost halved ensuring that all our current account customers can benefit from overdraft caps that are among the lowest in the market."

Arranged overdraft fees remain the same for all accounts where they apply1. The £12 overdraft usage fee buffer will also remain in place and customers will still be able to credit their account by 4pm to avoid overdraft fees. To further support customers all adult current account customers are automatically registered for free unarranged overdraft alerts2.

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Notes to editors

  1. Arranged overdraft fees for adult current accounts are £1 per day for usage up to £1,999, £2 per day for usage from £2,000 to £2,999.99 and £3 per day for £3,000 or more.
  2. Santander offers a range of other free SMS and email alerts so customers can stay on top of the transactions on their account, such as when the account balances falls below a set amount (e.g. £100) or if a payment over a certain amount (e.g. £50) is made from the account.

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