Around 163,000 people have signed up to the government’s Help to Save saving scheme – depositing more than £53 million, HMRC has said.
Help to Save offers working people on low incomes a 50% bonus, rewarding savers with 50p for every £1 saved. Over 4 years, a maximum bonus of £1,200 is available on savings of up to £2,400.
The scheme helps those on lower incomes build up a ‘rainy day’ fund and encourages a long-term savings habit. How much is saved and when is up to the account holder, and they don’t need to pay in every month to get a bonus.
To check eligibility, apply and get more information savers can visit www.gov.uk/helptosave
John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, said: “Putting aside some money every month, even if it is only a small amount, can make the world of difference. And with Help to Save, we’ll help you make that money go even further.
“It’s great to see so many people getting a 50% boost on their savings. I’d urge anyone eligible to sign up to this scheme, which is flexible, secure and easy to use.”
Stephanie Newton, from Sunderland, who is using the Help to Save scheme, said: “I decided to join because it was an excellent opportunity and incentive. It was extremely easy to sign up and I now know that saving a small amount each month is achievable, and know it is important to have savings put aside in case of any unexpected costs.
“I have already recommended the scheme to friends and family.”
Help to Save is available to working people on tax credits or Universal Credit with a minimum earned income equivalent to 16 hours per week at the National Living Wage in their last assessment period.
Account holders can save between £1 and £50 every calendar month and accounts last for four years from the date the account is opened. After two years, savers get a 50% tax-free bonus on the highest balance they’ve achieved. If they continue saving, they could receive another 50% tax-free bonus after a further two years.