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Junior ISAs

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Here you'll find our selection of the latest junior ISAs available from leading providers. Choose from a wide range of funds, shares, bonds and cash options to help you make the most of your child's ISA allowance.
Junior ISAs

My Select Junior ISA

from Scottish Friendly

Regular Savings
  • Investment Options: Invest from £10 a month or a £50 deposit

Why we like it: Invest tax-free from £10 a month or a £50 lump sum — or a mix of both. You can raise, lower, stop and restart your payments any time you like. Offers a selection of eight funds to choose from, so you can tailor your child's investment.

Junior Stocks and Shares ISA

from Hargreaves Lansdown

Regular Savings
  • Investment Options: Invest from £25 per month or deposits of £100.

Why we like it: Invest for your child from £25 pm tax free. A wide range of top performing funds to choose from. The annual charge for holding investments in a Hargreaves Lansdown Junior ISA is never more than 0.45%. Your dealing and other charges will depend on the investments you choose.

Friendly Junior ISA

from Shepherds

Regular Savings
  • Investment Options: Invest from £10 a month or a £100 deposit

Why we like it: Your child’s money will be invested on your behalf through a fund manager and it will be invested primarily in stocks and shares, with the aim of achieving higher growth over the long-term than might be available by saving in a cash-based Junior ISA.

What is a junior ISA?

Junior ISAs are an initiative by the Government to help parents save for their children's future. Launched in November 2011, junior ISAs offer tax-free savings and investments. Each eligible child is allowed to have one cash ISA and one stocks and share ISA at any time. Transfers are permitted between cash and stocks and shares junior ISAs, or to another junior ISA provider. Children who were born between 1st September 2002 and 3rd January 2011 will already have a Child Trust Fund, and are therefore not eligible for a junior ISA.

Who is permitted to open a junior ISA?

ISAs can be opened by anyone who has parental responsibility for an eligible child. One ISA can be opened per child. Management of the ISA passes to the child when they turn 16. However, funds remain inaccessible until the child turns 18, after which they can either withdraw the funds, or have their account roll over into an adult ISA.

What are the rules surrounding junior ISAs?

In terms of rules and regulations, junior ISAs operate on a similar principle to regular adult ISAs. It's permissible to switch providers, but only one junior ISA can be held by each child at a time. Unlike Child Trust Funds, junior ISAs don't involve any Government contribution. Each year there is a junior ISA allowance. This allowance can either be put into a junior cash ISA or divided between a junior stocks and shares ISA and a junior cash ISA in whatever proportion you wish.

What are the advantages of junior ISAs?

  • Junior ISAs provide parents, friends and family members with a convenient, tax-efficient way to save for a child's future.
  • The money saved in a junior ISA stays tax-free once the child reaches the age of 18.
  • The money is locked away until the child turns 18, which stops your teenager from being tempted into spending it on unimportant items.
  • If you want to save an annual amount for your child that generates over £100 in yearly interest, a junior ISA ensures that this interest isn't taxed.

What are the disadvantages of junior ISAs?

  • Once your child reaches 18, the money is theirs to spend or save as they wish. If you've got a specific savings goal in mind for your child - for example, a mortgage deposit - you might be better off setting up a savings account in your own name so that you can ensure the money is used for the purpose you originally intended.
Important Risk Information:

This website contains information only and does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation in any way whatsoever. The value of investments and income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. The tax efficiency of ISAs is based on current tax law and there is no guarantee that tax rules will stay the same in the future.

Different types of investment carry different levels of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Please ensure that you read the Important Risk Information for further details. Prior to making any decision to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular investment and should read the product literature. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment, both in respect of its objectives and its risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.

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How much can I pay into an ISA?

21st March 2019

Each tax year, there's a limit set by the government to the amount you can save and invest in ISAs: your “annual ISA allowance”. The allowances are intended to reward savers and encourage us to invest more to support our future retirements, without creating a tax haven that can be taken advantage of by very wealthy individuals who just want to avoid paying tax.

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