#11
If Switching to the Halifax / Co-op switching offers, anyone know whether Tesco and Paypal classify as Active Direct Debits, even if no payment has been taken from the Currents Accounts being switched from?

#12
Why do ?all banks that entice you to switch current accounts by offering good interest rates require you to have some direct debits - what difference does it make for them?

#13
Because they're pitching these products at people using them as genuine current accounts and feel that it's worthwhile to make token gestures to hinder those wanting to (ab)use them as savings accounts.

#14
Hi everyone,

So to clarify, I have just set up my direct debits and money won't be withdrawn until next month. I have logged on to my bank account and they are set up there, 'next payment' field says 'unknown'



So I'm wanting to take advantage of the £40 quidco cashback plus £150 coop switching offer. Will this be classed as ACTIVE direct debits? From the replies above, I'm thinking yes?

I want to make sure everything is right as I don't want to throw away £150.



TIA.

#16



Because they're pitching these products at people using them as genuine current accounts and feel that it's worthwhile to make token gestures to hinder those wanting to (ab)use them as savings accounts.
Originally posted by eskbanker


I don't think the banks care if you use the current accounts as savings accounts. I've stated on many applications that this is what I intend to use it for and, myself personally, I've not run into any problems.

#17
I bank with the Co-op anyway, but lost money on opting for internet banking as our water rates were being paid over 10 months with two months break. (The person who helped me set up mistakenly checked my list of DDs and counted water rates as eligible, when it was not for two months, one of which was my first month in the contract).





I suppose that the water rates DDs would not be counted as active, during the two no payment months; hence no bonus paid for those months.(Soon sorted after a call to Severn Trent who recalculated so the payments go out every month).

#18



I don't think the banks care if you use the current accounts as savings accounts. I've stated on many applications that this is what I intend to use it for and, myself personally, I've not run into any problems.
Originally posted by djpailo


Although my comment was from over a year ago, the point still stands - yes, they know that some people will use these as savings accounts but they're marketed as, and intended for use as, current accounts. Therefore, DD requirements are unlikely to be less onerous for those using them as intended, whereas some savers will think twice about using current accounts for saving if they have to jump through some hoops.



There's a thread from today filled with comments from such people....

#19
Thank you for your replies. I actually called The Cooperative Bank to ask to clarify and they indeed confirmed that they deem an active direct debit as one that has already had money withdrawn.

So that leaves me waiting a few more weeks until I can switch.



I just hope the offer is still available for me and my husband to switch (separate accounts) and hope to pocket £150 plus £40 quidco cashback each!!

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