Christmas Account

Christmas Saver Account

Our Christmas Saver is an ideal way to save safely for the festive season.

Let HEYCU make budgeting for Christmas simple and put your savings out of temptations way. As with our other accounts your money is protected by the FSCS scheme, so you can have peace of mind that you money is safe. Apply today and make sure this Christmas is stress and hassle free with our Christmas Saver Account.

  • £10 Bonus for first time Christmas Savers (funded by the Stop Loan Sharks Team). Terms & Conditions apply.
  • Instant access to your savings - from 1st November to Christmas Eve
  • Withdrawals - by bank transfer, cash, cheque or transfers to other members
  • Deposits - by cash, cheque, bank standing order, Direct Debit, payroll deduction, or transfers from other members
  • Bonus Dividend - paid annually on 31st October (2018 - 1.00%)

Step 1: Download and print an application form (or collect in branch)

Step 2: Provide two or three acceptable items of identification (if you are not already a member)

Step 3: Drop into your local branch

Who can open a Christmas Saver?

Anyone within our common bond area over the age of 16.

How can I join?

Simply complete a Christmas Saver application form. If you’re not already a member, you will need to join and provide at least two proofs of ID at the same time. 

Accounts can be opened at any time in the year.

When can I withdraw from the account?

The account can be drawn from between 1 November to 24 December. As the purpose of this account is to save up for Christmas, we reserve the right to charge you a £5 “early withdrawal fee” if you request a withdrawal outside the normal withdrawal period (ie after 24 December and before 1 November). If you request more than one early withdrawal your account will be closed and to reopen it you would need to complete a new application form.

Are there any fees on the account?

If a cheque is unpaid we reserve the right to debit your account with any charges that we incur. 

Is there a maximum savings balance?

At present, we are limiting members to £68,000 in total savings.

Is there a minimum amount I must have in the account?

No.

How can I deposit savings?

  • by cash or cheque* at a branch
  • by bank standing order, Direct Debit or direct transfer from your bank
  • by payroll deduction (if your employer is a HEYCU payroll partner)
  • direct from your State benefit
  • at an East Riding of Yorkshire Council Customer Service Centre.

* If deposits are made by cheque, no withdrawal may be made against them until the funds have been cleared in the Credit Union’s bank account which usually takes 6 working days. 

Can I deposit bags of change into the account?

Yes. A maximum of 5 bags of change per day may be deposited. All change must be bagged correctly as mixed change will not be accepted.

How can I withdraw money?

If you have set up a standing facility (by providing us with your bank details in advance) you may request a withdrawal (minimum £10) by telephone or email, or via the HEYCU Mobile App. Identity checks will be made.

In all other cases, a signed withdrawal request form must be posted, faxed or brought to the Credit Union.  The form must be legible and the signature must correspond with that held on our records.

Withdrawals may be made by:

  • Direct transfer to your designated bank account (if requested before 2.30 pm Mon to Fri, the funds will normally appear in your bank account the same day);
  • Cash, up to the daily limit for the branch (Hull Central £500; Bridlington and Goole £300; Scunthorpe £250; at other branches notice may be required);
  • Cheque - a £5 fee will apply per cheque and all cheques are issued from Hull Central.

What interest or dividend is paid?

We pay a yearly dividend on your account.  The dividend rate is determined by the Board of Directors and ratified by the members in Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Any dividend due will be paid to the account annually on 31 October, provided that the account has not been closed more than once during the year since 25 December. Dividend will be based on the balances held in the account since the previous 1 November.

Do I have to pay tax on my dividends?

Dividends are paid gross so it is your responsibility to declare the income to the tax authorities if you are a taxpayer.

What happens if money is paid into my account by mistake?

If we are told a payment has been made into your account by mistake and we reasonably believe this to be the case, we may return the money. We will tell you if this happens and give you the chance to dispute the claim. If asked, we may share your relevant personal information with other banks, building societies and credit unions so that the payer can trace money paid to an incorrect account.

Can I open two Christmas Savers?

No, but you can open more than one Instant Access account to save separately for different purposes.

How do I close my account?

Apply in writing giving 30 days’ notice before the money can be paid out.

Updated 23.5.19

£10 Bonus Terms & Conditions

Christmas Saver £10 Bonus Promotion Terms & Conditions

  • The £10 bonus incentive only applies to the Christmas Saver account.
  • The member must not have had a Stop Loan Shark bonus before.
  • The member must make at least two deposits into their Christmas Saver account before 31 October 2019.
  • The member must keep the Christmas Saver account open until 1st November 2019.

Updated 8.1.2019.