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Positive savings and cash ISAs

There’s a lot more than just the interest rate to think about when choosing a positive savings account or cash ISA (a tax-free savings account).

Just as with current account providers, many of the High Street banks fail when it comes to ethics and transparency.

The following savings accounts and cash ISA providers are our preferred positive providers and are available to customers throughout the country, although some may have limited services.

Name Account opening & management UK branches

Ecology Building Society

Aims to build a more sustainable future by lending mainly to support low-carbon, eco-friendly building projects.

Online and post Head office in Silsden, Yorkshire

Charity Bank

An ethical bank that exists to lend to organisations with a social purpose. Publishes an annual report on its loan portfolio.

Online and post Head office in Tonbridge, Kent

Coventry Building Society

Mutual values, supporting a range of local community partners and with strong links to the Royal British Legion.

Online, post, branch Throughout Midlands, Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire & Yorkshire

Leeds Building Society

The 5th largest Building Society in the UK. Charitable foundation has donated over £1.3 million since it was established in 1999.

Branch, online Throughout UK

Newcastle Building Society

8th largest in the UK and largest in the Northeast. Gets a 95% satisfaction rating for customer service and community initiatives include an interesting Financial Education programme.

Branch, online, post Across Cumbria and Northeast

Principality Building Society

UK’s 6th largest building society, based in Wales. A signatory to the Women in Finance Charter.

Branch, post, online Across Wales & the borders

West Bromwich Building Society

7th largest in the UK. Current chosen charity is the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Branch, post, online Across Black Country, Birmingham, mid-Wales and Shropshire

Metro Bank also scores well, as do many other building societies that limit their products to people living locally.

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