The Children's Mutual Reports Child Trust Funds Receive Over £5 Million A Week
on: April 13, 2010, 12:17 am
Author: The Children's Mutual
The Children's Mutual, a leading Child Trust Fund (CTF)
provider, has revealed that over £700,000 a day, or £5 million a week,
is currently being invested in Child Trust Funds.
As the UK's first universal children's savings product reached its
fifth birthday in April 2010, these figures give a clear indication that over the
last five years the actions of parents, families and friends have changed the
savings habits in the UK, for the better.
Prior to April 2005 less than one in five parents were saving for their children's
future. However since the launch of the CTF this figure has
rocketed to three in five.
David White, Chief Executive of The Children's Mutual, said: "Given recent economic problems it
is essential that the UK reignites its savings culture. In five short years there
has been a 200% increase in the number of people saving for their children over the
long term and the Child Trust Fund has been the catalyst. This is nothing short of
phenomenal, given the uncertain financial backdrop many families have faced."
Since April 2005 parents of five million children who now have a CTF have used them
as a means to change their savings habits.
This commitment from parents and the Government towards saving for children's
futures may mean that an estimated £2.96 billion will be available to young adults
each year as they turn 18 - a significant amount towards the increasing costs of
adulthood such as buying a car, attending university and getting onto the property
April this year also marks the beginning of additional payments into CTFs for
disabled children who are entitled to Disability Living Allowance. These additional
yearly payments of £100 or (£200 for severely disabled children) could mean an extra£3,000 at age 18.
David White concludes: "The introduction of additional payments for disabled
children is crucial as it reflects the additional costs that disabled young adults
and their families may face. Along with Government we hope that the additional money
will help to enable these children have a smooth journey into adulthood."
Child Trust Funds are designed to provide a tax efficient, long term savings vehicle
for all eligible children. Each eligible newborn child (born on or after 1 September
2002) receives a £250 Child Trust Fund voucher (£500 for low income families) from the government when their parents register for
Child Benefit. The government will make a second contribution of £250 (£500 for low
income families) when the child reaches seven and is considering a third in the
child's teenage years. Parents, family and friends can all then add to this account
up to a maximum value of £1,200 each year.
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Notes to editors
Findings from TISA, HMRC and The Children’s Mutual research. Those interested in the
results of the findings can view the footnotes available.
About The Children's Mutual - Home of the Child Trust Fund
The Children's Mutual's mission is to help parents, grandparents, family and
friends fulfil their hopes for today's children. The Children's Mutual is the only
UK company that specialises in long term savings for children and is now the choice
of one in three parents for their child's Child Trust Fund, with more than 800,000
accounts. This expertise has led several financial institutions and family-focused
high street retailers to choose The Children's Mutual as their stakeholder Child
Trust Fund provider.
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