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Help to Buy: ISA

Help To Buy: ISAs are closed to new customers. The Help To Buy: ISA is a savings account that enables first time buyers to have their savings for their first-time home topped up by a 25% Government bonus. The accounts closed to new customers on 30th November 2019, but if you have a Help To Buy: ISA with another provider, you can still transfer it to Progressive. The government bonus is available on account balances between £1,600 and £12,000 and the maximum bonus payable by the Government is £3,000.

4.00 %Tax-free/AER*

  • This account is closed to new customers
  • Invest from £1
  • Instant access
  • If you have a Help To Buy: ISA with a different provider, you can transfer to Progressive in branch or via post
  • Tax-free/AER* - See Jargon Buster

Summary Box

Account name

Help To Buy: ISA

What is the interest rate?

4.00% Tax-free/AER


The interest is paid annually and will be credited to your account after close of business on 1 January.

Can Progressive change the interest rate?

Yes, the interest rate is variable. We can increase or decrease the interest rate as described in our Savings Service Agreement.

If we are decreasing the interest rate we will notify you at least 14 days before the change takes effect.

What would the estimated balance be after 12 months based on a £1,200 deposit?


This is an example based on the account being opened on 2 January with an initial deposit of £1,200 and 11 monthly lodgements of £200 at the start of each month which is the maximum monthly amount allowed, and assumes the interest rate does not vary during the 12 month period.

How do I open and manage my account?

This account is no longer available for new customers.

Progressive Building Society will accept the transfer of your existing Help To Buy: ISA from another ISA provider. The whole balance must be transferred, and you must close the other account (I.e. you cannot have two Help To Buy: ISAs open).

You can pay in up to £200 each subsequent month.

The account can be operated at any of the Society’s branches, agencies or by post.

Can I withdraw money?

Yes, this is an instant access account, withdrawals are allowed.

Any withdrawals made from your Help to Buy: ISA may only be repaid subject to the maximum monthly subscription.

You will not be able to claim any Help to Buy: ISA Bonus on funds you have withdrawn from your Help to Buy: ISA.

You can withdraw up to £500 in cash in a branch and £250 in cash in an agency, larger amounts must be withdrawn by cheque.

Additional information

AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate and illustrates what the interest rate would be if interest was paid and compounded once each year. This will enable you to compare more easily the return you can expect from your savings over time.

This is a tax free account which means the interest paid is exempt from income tax.

The interest rate is correct as of 14th August 2023.

For further information refer to the terms and conditions of the account and the terms and conditions contained within the Savings Service Agreement. You can obtain a copy of these documents in the ‘Useful Information’ section below.

How to apply

Before you transfer your existing Help To Buy: ISA to Progressive from a different provider, please make sure you read the Summary Box, account terms and conditions, Savings Service Agreement and FSCS Information Sheet in full. You can save or print a copy of the PDFs for future reference. These documents contain details of your agreement with us for this account and we will rely on them for our relationship with you.

In branch

If you apply to transfer your existing Help To Buy: ISA to Progressive from a different provider in one of our branches we will use an electronic verification system to verify your identity and address. We cannot do this for applicants under 18 or if you are not registered on the electoral roll. In these instances you will be required to provide full identification documentation and these can be found in our leaflet Proving your identity.

Visit your local branch to transfer your existing Help To Buy: ISA to Progressive form a different provider.

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By Post

To open this account by post:

  • review the Summary Box above;
  • read the account terms and conditions and the Savings General Terms and Conditions;
  • review the FSCS leaflet for further information or visit;
  • download and complete the application form;
  • provide appropriate identification - please refer to our Providing Your Identity document.
  • all postal applications require photographic ID and proof of address these must be certified. This can be done by a bank or building society official, councillor, minister of religion, dentist, chartered accountant, solicitor or notary, teacher or lecturer. As long as the person is not related to you, live at the same address or in a relationship with you.
  • return the completed form with your cheque to the branch you want your account opened in.
  • We recommend that you download a copy of the documents and retain for your records.

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