Short-term borrowing with monthly caps on charges, an annual waiver on fees and a limit you control.
An overdraft is a way to borrow money short-term with your current account. Overdrafts are not suitable for long-term or ongoing borrowing, so you may wish to look at other options if this is how you’ll be using one.
With an overdraft, you can continue spending or paying bills when your account balance goes below £0. The overdrawn amount will usually be subject to debit interest and you will be charged for entering into an unarranged overdraft.
You can check if you have an existing overdraft on your account and how much that is in online banking, the mobile app or on your statement.
Please note there are important changes to our Account Charges and Terms and Conditions which take place from April 2020. These include an increase to our Overdraft Annual Interest Rate and the removal of fees for unarranged overdrafts. Please read our Summary of Changes for more information.
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Overdrafts are useful for covering unexpected costs or emergency spending. They can help you avoid fees for missing payments and make sure you aren’t cut off from services.
If you find that you’re regularly using your overdraft, there are other forms of credit that might work better for you.
There are two kinds of overdraft: arranged and unarranged.
An arranged overdraft is a set amount you can borrow, that you’ve agreed with us in advance. We charge interest on your overdraft, using an interest rate we agree on, before you start using it. The interest rate is variable, which means it can change over time. Should there be any changes to our interest rates we will communicate them to you in advance.
If you go over your arranged overdraft limit, you’ll enter an unarranged overdraft. You’ll also enter an unarranged overdraft if your account balance falls below £0, before you’ve set up an arranged overdraft.
Your payments may be refused if you go over your overdraft limit or try to go overdrawn without an arranged overdraft in place.
When you use an overdraft, you will be charged:
You can find more information about charges in our important documents here.
We know that it’s hard to keep track of what you’ve spent sometimes. You may accidentally go into your overdraft, or past your arranged limit. There are three ways we limit the charges for our overdraft customers:
For the first £20 of an arranged or unarranged overdraft, we don’t charge any fees.
You’ll still have to pay interest on the amount you borrowed.
Surprise bills and sudden expenses happen. If they cause you to go over your £20 buffer or past your arranged overdraft limit, we’ll waive the fees - as long as you pay back the amount you borrowed within 6 business days.
This waiver is only available once per year. For example, if you use it on 29 September 2019, you won’t be able to use it again until 29 September 2020. You’ll still have to pay interest on the amount you borrowed.
We’ll never charge you more than £60 per month for using an arranged or unarranged overdraft.
This cap covers interest and any fees you’ve built up over the month.
To help you manage your money and limit any charges, we now send overdraft text alerts.
As long as we have your mobile number, you’ll be automatically opted in for overdraft text alerts. You can opt out of arranged and/or unarranged overdraft alerts at any time by contacting us. You can opt out of arranged and/or unarranged overdraft alerts at any time by contacting us.
Any type of borrowing shows up on your credit file. However, an unarranged overdraft shows as arrears - this can negatively impact your credit file and may make it harder for you to obtain credit in the future.
If you’ve been a Co-operative Bank customer for more than 1 month, you might be eligible for a Co-operative Bank Credit Card, with a fixed rate of interest for 3 years.
If you’re planning on making a big purchase and want to spread the cost over a few months, a loan might be more suitable.
We’ve created a tool to help you understand what you’ll be charged when you use your overdraft.
You can check whether you would be eligible for an overdraft before applying for an account. You can do this by using our overdraft eligibility tool.
If you’re experiencing financial difficulties and find that you are unable to keep up with bill payments, we recommend that you get in touch with us as early as possible.
We will be happy to discuss your needs and help you understand which options are available to you.
You can call us on:+44(0)344 844 8899
8am - 8pm, 7 days a week
Alternatively, visit us in branch
*You can still apply if you have never worked or ceased work due to an illness or disability, or if you are a full time carer. If you're in receipt of one of the following, you can continue to apply:
You can request an arranged overdraft when you're applying for a current account.
If you already have a current account with us:
You can request an overdraft or change your existing overdraft limit by calling us on:+44(0)3457 212 212
8am - 8pm, 7 days a week
Alternatively, visit us in branchUse our branch locator to find your nearest branch
Please read the Important Documents below and save copies of them for future reference.
There are important changes to our account charges and terms and conditions from the 4th of April 2020.
Summary of changes effective from 4th April 2020Download Summary of changes effective from 4th April 2020 PDF (489KB)
Our lending commitments and what we ask of youDownload Our lending commitments and what we ask of you PDF (113KB)
It's important to consider other borrowing options depending on how much you want to borrow and how long for. We have other borrowing options that might better meet your needs. Whether or not these borrowing options are available to you will depend on your circumstances.
The Co-operative Bank reserves the right to decline any application.
Whether we can offer you credit depends on your circumstances and our lending policy. We may decline your application based on your circumstances or our lending policy. We may be able to offer a product that's different to the one advertised.
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