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Q&A: How will Co-op’s bailout affect me?

Updated: 06th December 2013 - First Published: 29th November 2013 The Co-operative Bank is in the midst of a bailout plan intended to prevent it from collapsing. As it stands the finer details are still being discussed, but the gist is that the Co-operative Group will retain a 30% share of the bank. Read More...

How to switch current accounts

Updated: 06th July 2015 - First Published: 18th September 2013 A large number of current account customers avoid switching accounts due to worries that it could take too long or be "too much of a hassle". Read More...

Current account switching - who's participating?

Updated: 27th January 2015 - First Published: 17th September 2013 The Current Account Switch Service means participating banks and building societies will complete the process of switching a customer's old bank account over to the new account in seven days or less Read More...

Cash cards and debit cards explained

Updated: 06th July 2015 - First Published: 15th August 2013 Debit cards and cash cards are a convenient way to get at your money. But there are differences between different debit cards as well – we explain all… Read More...

What is a ‘continuous payment authority’?

Updated: 05th March 2015 - First Published: 15th August 2013 Don’t confuse a continuous payment authority with a direct debit or standing order. If you do, it can end up being an expensive assumption if things go wrong. Read More...

Seven security rules to keep online banking safe

Updated: 02nd February 2015 - First Published: 09th August 2013 As an increasing number of people take to their computers to bank online, the security measures employed by many internet users often leave a lot to be desired. Read More...

What is a Direct Debit?

Updated: 28th May 2015 - First Published: 01st August 2013 How exactly does a direct debit work? A great way of paying regular bills, there’s also certain pitfalls to be aware of before setting up direct debits… Read More...

What is a standing order?

Updated: 28th May 2015 - First Published: 01st August 2013 A standing order is a way of setting up a regular, fixed payment from your bank account. Read our practical guide to setting up a payment to be taken at a predetermined frequency and for a set amount. Read More...

7 Steps to getting (and staying) overdraft free

Updated: 16th January 2014 - First Published: 26th July 2013 Get yourself overdraft free by following our practical, seven step guide. You can actually turn a bad habit on its head and start saving as well! Read More...

Can you open an account without proof of address?

Updated: 28th May 2015 - First Published: 18th July 2013 When you want to open an account with any bank or building society, you will be asked to provide evidence of your identity and confirmation of your address. Read More...


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