TSB’s Classic Plus account will pay you 3% interest on up to £1,500 and up to £10-a-month if you maintain two direct debits and make 20 debit card payments each month (until December 2018). You must pay in £500 a month.
First Direct regularly tops polls for customer service. Its First Account offers £125 for joining and has a £250 interest-free overdraft. It also now pays cashback for spending with certain retailers. You must pay in £1,000 or pay a £10 monthly fee.
Santander’s 123 account pays 1.5% interest on balances up to £20,000 and also gives 1 to 3% cashback on bills. You need to pay a £5 a month fee, pay in £500 a month and have two active direct debits.
Halifax pays £125 cash if you switch to the bank. Plus you get a £3 monthly cash boost with its Reward Account. Requires a £750 per month deposit and two active direct debits.
M&S Bank’s current account has a £125 gift card for joining, plus you get an extra £5 a month top up for the year. It has a £100 fee-free overdraft and no miniumum deposit criteria.