Derin Clark

Derin Clark

Online Reporter
Published: 13/02/2019

At a glance

  • Aimed primarily at those finding it difficult to open a bank account because of a bad credit score or inability to meet verification requirements.
  • Wages, benefits, tax credits and state pension can all be paid in.
  • Come with a cash card for withdrawals, but no overdraft facility.

Basic bank accounts explained

Basic bank accounts offer consumers free day-to-day banking and aim to give everyone access to banking facilities. They were originally introduced as a result of a government scheme to support financial inclusion, helping less well-off families and those who have problems opening a normal bank current account owing to a poor credit score or no credit history.

Basic bank accounts also appeal to people who are worried about overspending, as they do not allow you to go overdrawn. You can only spend the balance of your account; however, you still need to keep an eye on your funds to cover any standing orders or direct debits. If there is not enough money in your account to pay these, they will be rejected and you will be charged.

Need a new bank account?

Prepaid accounts are an alternative to a traditional bank account and a relatively new way to manage your money. With certain prepaid account cards for everyday use, there is no need for a bank account as they allow your wages to be paid onto your card and allow you to top up via BACS or with cash at a PayPoint or Post Office branch.

Some prepaid bank cards also allow you to pay all your household bills online using their bill payment tools and keep a track of your budget and manage your expenses 24 hours a day. 

If you are new to the UK and are finding it difficult to open a bank account, a prepaid card may be just what you need!

Find out more about opening a bank account without proof of address.

Disclaimer: This information is intended solely to provide guidance and is not financial advice. Moneyfacts will not be liable for any loss arising from your use or reliance on this information. If you are in any doubt, Moneyfacts recommends you obtain independent financial advice.

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At a glance

  • Aimed primarily at those finding it difficult to open a bank account because of a bad credit score or inability to meet verification requirements.
  • Wages, benefits, tax credits and state pension can all be paid in.
  • Come with a cash card for withdrawals, but no overdraft facility.

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