Banks & building societies

If your bank or building society fails and can’t pay back your money, FSCS can automatically pay you compensation. Your bank or building society must be authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority - check this here.

Where you hold your money could affect how much compensation you’re entitled to. If you have money in multiple accounts with banks that are part of the same banking group (and share a banking licence) we have to treat them as one bank. This means that our compensation limit applies to the total amount you hold across all these accounts, not to each separate account.

For our compensation limit to apply to each individual account, you’d need to hold money with different banks that don’t share a licence. You can search the financial services register on the Financial Conduct Authority’s website to see which banks share a licence.

Banks & building societies

Banks, building societies & credit unions

If you hold money with a UK-authorised bank, building society or credit union that fails, we’ll automatically compensate you.

  • up to £85,000 per eligible person, per bank, building society or credit union.
  • up to £170,000for joint accounts.

We protect certain qualifying temporary high balances up to £1 million for up to six months from when the amount was first deposited.

You don’t need to do anything – FSCS will compensate you automatically.

How long will a claim against a failed bank or building society take?

7 days

FSCS aims to pay compensation within seven days of a bank or building society failing. We will pay more complex claims within 15 working days.