Regular Savings Plan

Putting away a regular amount is always a good habit to get into, our Regular Savings Plan can help you do just that.

  • Start saving from just £5 a month
  • Ideal way to save for the longer term
  • Great way to save over your tax exempt allowance
  • Guaranteed final amount plus possible bonuses on maturity

About this policy

  • About this policy

    Plans start from £5 a month or £50 annually. However, if you haven’t used your friendly society tax-free allowance of £25 per month or £270 per annum, you may want to first consider our Tax Exempt Savings Plan.

  • What are they?

    This plan is designed for you to save monthly or annual amounts over the longer term. Choose how long you want to save (between 10 and 25 years) and once your plan hits maturity, we'll provide a guaranteed final amount, plus the addition of any possible bonuses.

    Please be aware that a surrender penalty will apply if cashed in before maturity.

  • Who are they for?

    Anyone of any age can have a plan or have several plans, a great option if you want to open plans for yourself and your loved ones.

  • Why open one?

    Our Regular Savings Plan gives you the ability to save monthly or annually to receive a guaranteed lump sum on maturity plus potential annual and final bonuses.

    You'll also have access to our member benefits package.

    Start saving today for something special - perhaps to increase your retirement fund, or build up a house deposit? Our Regular Savings Plan could help you achieve your financial goals.

Savings calculator

Use our calculator to get an instant quote about your potential savings.

Anyone can have a plan but the proposer (person opening the plan) must be over 16.

See how much you could save

Please enter your date of birth
Years
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Please select a term between 10 and 25 years
  • Save monthly
  • Save annually
  • Please choose an amount between £5 and £1,000
  • Please choose an amount between £50 and £10,000
Please note: You can also enter the term and amount in the boxes instead of using the slider. Quotes are for illustration purposes only and what you get back depends on how your investment grows, meaning you could get more or less than this.

 

You might get back the following amounts, by investment growth per annum:

1.5%

 

4.5%

 

7.5%

 

Please read the Key information document and Important information documents before applying for a Regular Savings Plan.

How to apply

Step one

Confirm you have read and understood our Product and Key Information

Step two

Decide how much you want to save and for how long

Step three

Complete our straightforward online application

Step four

Confirm your details are correct and submit your application

Ready to proceed?

Other ways to apply

Apply over the phone

Got any questions or prefer to apply over the phone for our Regular Savings Plan? No problem one of our friendly team will be happy to take you through the process. Either call us on 01226 741000, or click the link below and we can call you back at a time to suit you.

Download an application pack

Want a bit more time to fill in your application? Download an application pack and send it back to us when you're ready. If you don't have access to a printer, we can send you an application in the post.

We're FSCS protected

We are a member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), which is the UK's statutory compensation scheme for customers. The products we offer are classed as long-term life insurance policies with a savings element, which means you are protected up to 100% of your claim with no upper limit.

How it works

  • Opening a Regular Savings Plan

    Opening a plan is quick and easy and should take no longer than ten minutes to complete online. You can also apply over the phone or by post.

  • How are bonuses calculated?

    Unlike banks who add interest to their plans, we aim to add bonuses to our members' policies. Bonuses are calculated at the appropriate rate based on your guaranteed final amount, not the amount of premiums you pay. On maturity you will receive your guaranteed final amount plus bonuses added during the life of the policy. Find out more in our FAQ section below.

  • Any guarantees?

    Providing the plan runs to its planned maturity date with all premiums paid, we will guarantee a minimum final amount for more than you have paid in (depending on the amount you want to save and for how long). The final value of your plan will depend upon investment performance, but bonuses are declared each year, and these are added to your guaranteed final amount. Once added, these bonuses cannot be taken away.

  • Can I make withdrawals?

    You cannot make any withdrawals, but if your circumstances change, you can surrender your policy. However, the plan is designed for medium to long-term investment and the surrender value may be less than the amount you have paid in.

  • What about charges?

    To cover the cost of expenses incurred in setting up your policy and maintaining it, we take a management contribution of 50% of premiums paid in the first year and 7.5% of the annual premium amount in the second and subsequent years. The charges are deducted from the overall fund and taken into account when we calculate the level of bonuses we are able to pay.

Frequently asked questions

Our most commonly asked questions surrounding the Regular Savings Plan can be found below.

Absolutely, choose a term between 10 and 25 years and watch your savings grow.

Yes, even though a child does not have their own income, an adult can pay into a plan on their behalf. Check out our Children's Regular Savings Plan for more information.

We invest in a range of different assets with the aim of providing a higher return in the medium to long-term than is achievable with a bank or building society account. Sheffield Mutual's with-profits fund is managed to provide a low to medium risk investment, appealing to anyone with a more cautious approach to investment. Our investments include property, shares of UK companies, government gilts, corporate bonds, commercial mortgages and cash.

The proportion held in each of these will vary depending on market conditions. You'll be pleased to know that we seek to adopt an ethical approach to investing and it is our policy not to invest knowingly or directly in industries relating to armaments, tobacco, gambling or pornography.

We invest our funds as described above and receive a return on those investments, which can vary from year to year. In March/April we review the returns achieved during the previous calendar year and declare a bonus rate for each policy type for that period. The rate varies depending upon overall investment returns and is not therefore guaranteed to be paid at the same rate, or at all, in future years. However, once bonuses have been added to your policy they will not be taken away, providing the policy runs to maturity.

Bonuses are calculated at the appropriate rate based on the ‘sum assured’ (your guaranteed final amount), not the amount of premium paid. On maturity you will receive the sum assured plus bonuses added during the life of the policy.

The Society also tries to ‘smooth’ returns over the life of the policy by retaining some of the investment return in good years to maintain bonus rates in less positive years. However, to ensure you receive your fair share of returns on your policy over its lifetime, an additional terminal (final) bonus may be paid on maturity. Payment of this type of bonus depends entirely on investment performance and the rate at which annual bonuses have been added. It is not guaranteed and, if paid, the rate may vary from year to year.

The money you save is invested in a fund on which the Society pays tax and tax at the basic rate may be treated as paid on any taxable gain, which means there is likely to be no further tax to pay unless you are taxable at the higher rate. However, a gain on which tax is treated as paid may have an effect on your tax liability if you qualify for age-related allowances or reliefs, or you are receiving tax credits.

In the event of death before the end of the term, the Society will refund all premiums paid plus interest up to the date of death. Interest is calculated using the Bank of England base rates that have applied during the term of the policy + 1%, though this could be changed in the future by the Society. Notice of any change will be given.

No, this plan does not include any life cover. For more information on our life insurance products, please visit the life insurance section on the website.

When you open a policy with us, you will automatically become a member (customer) of the Society (adult policyholders only). As well as being able to have your say on how the Society is run each year, you will also have access to various discretionary benefits when available, such as optical and dental grants, as well as exclusive access to a range of discounts and offers.

Our team would be more than happy to provide you with factual information about our products and services, so you can make your own decision about how to proceed. However, we are unable to give any advice or recommendations on the suitability of our products. If you are unsure, you should seek advice from a qualified financial adviser, which may incur a fee.

To comply with regulations, the Society will require confirmation of your identification and address. We’ll aim to do this using an electronic verification system, but reserve the right to ask for appropriate documentation from you, if this is not possible.

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