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Select the best junior cash ISA to save this year's tax free allowance.

Junior Ethical Stocks & Shares ISA

from Nutmeg

Regular Savings
  • Invest From: £100 lump sum
  • Investment Options: Nutmeg offer a socially responsible junior investment ISA which places emphasis on environmental and social and governance factors. Capital at risk.

Junior Stocks & Shares ISA

from Hargreaves Lansdown

Regular Savings
  • Invest From: £25 pm
  • Investment Options: Invest in over 3,000 funds, UK and overseas shares, investment trusts and ETFs. Capital at risk.

Junior Stocks & Shares ISA

from Interactive Investor

Regular Savings
  • Invest From: £25 pm
  • Investment Options: Choose from more than 40,000 UK and global investment options for your child's ISA. Capital at risk.

Junior Sustainable Stocks & Shares ISA

from Shepherds

Regular Savings
  • Invest From: £10 pm
  • Investment Options: The fund aims to invest in sustainable companies that offer long-term growth, while making a positive difference to the world your child grows up in. Capital at risk.

Junior Stocks & Shares ISA (Future World ESG Developed Index Fund)

from Legal & General

Regular Savings
  • Invest From: £25 per month
  • Investment Options: Invests in broad developed stock markets, such as the US, Japan and Europe. Capital at risk.

Junior Stocks & Shares ISA

from AJ Bell

Regular Savings
  • Invest From: £25 pm
  • Investment Options: AJ Bell offer a wide range of investments including shares, funds, investment trusts and ETFs (exchange traded funds). Capital at risk.

Junior Stocks & Shares ISA

from Nutmeg

  • Investment Options: Invest in one of four expertly designed portfolios depending on your investment style. Capital at risk.

Junior Stocks & Shares ISA

from Beanstalk

  • Invest From: £10
  • Investment Options: Choose from two funds: a cash fund that aims to provide returns in line with money market rates and a shares fund that aims to track the performance of global stock markets.

Junior Stocks & Shares ISA

from Wealthify

Regular Savings
  • Invest From: £1
  • Investment Options: Choose from one of five investment styles based on risk, and a team of experts build your child’s Junior ISA, choosing which investments to buy and managing them on your behalf

Junior Stocks & Shares ISA

from Shepherds

Regular Savings
  • Invest From: £10 pm
  • Investment Options: Is an insurance based Junior ISA which invests in stocks and shares via a With-Profits pooled fund. Capital at risk.

Junior Stocks & Shares ISA

from Scottish Friendly

Regular Savings
  • Invest From: £10 pm
  • Investment Options: A selection of 9 funds so you can tailor your child's investment. Capital at risk.

What is a Junior Cash ISA?

Junior Cash ISAs offer each eligible child a tax-free savings account. They are a way for parents, family or friends can contribute funds to help save for the child's future. Junior ISAs first become available in November 2011 to replace the now-defunct Child Trust Fund, which means children who were born during the period in which Child Trust Funds were in operation are not eligible for junior ISAs. However, it is possible to transfer a Child Trust Fund to be transferred in to an ISA.

A Junior Cash ISA can be opened by the child's parent or legal guardian. Once the child reaches 16, they'll be able to manage their own account. However, they won't be able to withdraw funds until they reach the age of 18.

In terms of rules and regulations, Junior Cash ISAs operate on a similar principle to regular Cash ISAs. It's permissible to switch providers, but only one Junior Cash ISA can be held by each child at a time. Unlike Child Trust Funds, Junior ISAs don't involve any Government contribution. The Junior ISA 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.

The Advantages of a Junior Cash ISA

There are several advantages to choosing a Junior Cash ISA for your child. We’ve listed some below:

1.It's an easy and convenient way to save tax-free for your child's future - Unlike many savings accounts, the money saved in a junior cash ISA stays tax-free once the child reaches adulthood. If the child decides to keep the cash in the account once they reach 18, it will automatically be converted to a regular ISA.

2.Any adult can pay money into the account - family friends, grandparents, godparents, aunts and uncles can all contribute - making a junior cash ISA an ideal way to save up money given on birthdays and other special occasions without the child being tempted to spend it.

3.The money is locked away until the child turns 18 and cannot be released by either parents or children until this point - a bit like a pension fund. This can be advantageous as it means the child can't blow all their savings on clothes or holidays once they hit the teenage years - and parents won't be tempted to dip in either.

4.If you are in a financial position to make savings on behalf of your child that generate more than £100 per year in interest, this interest will be liable to taxation. If this scenario applies, a Junior ISA may be a good way to make sure your child gets the most from their tax-free savings allowance each year.

The Disadvantages of a Junior Cash ISA

There aren’t many downsides to saving in a Junior ISA but the main two are listed below:

1.Your child does assume full control of the account once they’re 18. This could become an issue if you had a specific idea for what the money would be used for. Such as a deposit or for university. There won’t be anything you can do about this so it may be worth opening a standard account in your name if you anticipate this being a problem.

2.Junior ISAs don’t necessarily have the best rates available. Many standard savings accounts offer a higher rate of interest despite not coming in a tax-free wrapper. Consider which benefit may be more beneficial or instead look for an ISA with the highest interest rate.

James Caldwell
Edited by James Caldwell - ISA.co.uk
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.