We currently offer lssues which are only available to customers with maturing Certificates. They are not on general sale. Your client can renew up to the total value of the maturing Certificate, including all the interest and index-linking they earned. Or your client can cash in some of the investment and renew the balance. Your client won’t be able to add any extra money to the Certificate.
To find out more about CPI and RPI, visit the Office for National Statistics website at ons.gov.uk and search for CPI all items index or RPI all items index.
For details of options at maturity for existing customers, please click on the ‘Learn more at NS&I’ button below and scroll down to the ‘Renewing your Certificate’ section.
Before your clients decide, please ask them to read the summary box and the key features leaflet, including the terms and conditions.
NS&I is changing the indexation from RPI to CPI
We will be changing the way we calculate index-linking on our Index-linked Savings Certificates, in line with the reduced use of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) by successive governments since 2010. We will be using the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) instead. We’re making this change to save money for taxpayers while still giving a fair return to savers.
If your clients have any Index-linked Savings Certificates, the change will only affect them when each Certificate reaches the end of its investment term on or after 1 May 2019. If they want to renew a matured Certificate for a further investment term on or after that date, we will calculate the index-linking using the CPI instead of the RPI. Your client will still benefit from inflation-beating, tax-free savings – we will just be using a different index.
Certificates bought between 2 June 1975 and 7 October 1996
NS&I is changing the return on these investments, so if your clients still have money invested in any Index-linked Savings Certificates bought from NS&I (formerly National Savings) between 2 June 1975 and 7 October 1996 please follow the link below for more details.Find out more
FAQs about Index-linked Savings Certificates
We do not anticipate being able to return Index-linked Savings Certificates to general sale in the short to medium term. They are a unique product in the savings market that combine protection from inflation and a tax-free return. We need to consider the sales thresholds agreed with HM Treasury each year, designed to ensure NS&I does not destabilise the savings market.
In spite of the product being off general sale, all Index-linked Savings Certificates customers (that are eligible under the current terms and conditions) can currently continue to reinvest when they reach the end of their current investment term. This applies to our Fixed Interest Savings Certificates too.
What is the difference between RPI and CPI (the indexes used for Index-linked Savings Certificates)?
Both the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) and the Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure inflation. Each aims to measure the changes in the cost of buying a 'basket' of products and services, but they cover different items and there are differences in the formulas used.
To find out more about CPI and RPI, visit the Office for National Statistics website at ons.gov.uk and search CPI All Items Index or RPI All Items Index.
Why are Index-linked Savings Certificates allowed to be held in trusts jointly by the trustee(s) and beneficiary(ies)?
Savings Certificates are the oldest products in our current range and the original regulation permitted their use in this type of Trust. Since then, we have sought to simplify and standardise our terms and conditions for other products we’ve introduced, only making these newer products available for Trusts held by the trustee(s) (which we consider ‘true’ trusts). While Savings Certificates remain available in the former type of Trust today, we review our product range regularly and this may change in future.
If my clients renew their Index-linked Savings Certificates at maturity will it be on the RPI or CPI?
If your clients decide to renew their Certificate on or after 1 May 2019, we will calculate their index-linking using the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) instead of the Retail Prices Index (RPI). The CPI is generally lower than the RPI, so this means your client will probably receive a lower return.