Temporary high balances

FSCS protects temporary high balances in your bank account of up to £1million for up to six months.

Certain life events could have caused a temporary high balance in your bank account, including:

  • Real estate transactions (property purchase, sale proceeds, equity release).
  • Benefits payable under an insurance policy.
  • Personal injury compensation (unlimited amount).
  • Disability or incapacity (state benefits).
  • Claim for compensation for wrongful conviction.
  • Claim for compensation for unfair dismissal.
  • Redundancy (voluntary or compulsory).
  • Marriage or civil partnership.
  • Divorce or dissolution of their civil partnership.
  • Benefits payable on retirement.
  • Benefits payable on death.
  • A claim for compensation in respect of a person's death.
  • Inheritance.
  • Proceeds of a deceased's estate held by their personal representative.

To prove you've held a temporary high balance we may ask for proof, which could include (but not be limited to) the following:

  • A property sale receipt or agreement.
  • A court judgement.
  • A will.
  • A letter from an insurer regarding an insurance payout.
  • A letter from a lawyer, conveyancer, mortgage provider, former employer, pension trustees.
  • Court orders.
  • Social security statements.
  • Probate/letters of administration.
  • Death/marriage certificate.
  • Land register and HMRC records.

This list is not exhaustive and the evidence required will depend on the life event of your individual circumstances. If you provide the relevant supporting evidence, we'll pay you compensation within three months.