More parents taking advantage of Child Trust Funds

| May 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Government has announced that Child Trust Fund (CTF) opening rates have increased from 70% to 72%.

Commenting on the figures, Kity Ussher, economic secretary, said that the Government remained committed to increasing this total, through publicity campaigns focusing on parents.

Ms Ussher is urging low-income families to make contributions to the CTF account, however small they might be, in order to provide their children with a head start in the future.

CTFs were introduced in 2005 and have been available to every child born after September 2002. The Government gives a £250 voucher, rising to £500 in the case of low income families, to all newborn babies.

Parents are encouraged to use the voucher set up a long-term savings or investments account which the child can access when it reaches 18.

Each year, an additional amount of up to £1,200 can be paid into the CTF account, which will be tax-free.

Furthermore, the Government has promised to make a one-off payment of £250 into all Child Trust Funds when children reach the age of 7.

There are 3 different types of Child Trust Fund accounts available including savings accounts, share or equity-based accounts or stakeholder accounts.

There are many different offers available so parents are advised to shop around to get the best deal.

A recent report by Virgin Money estimated that if £10 per month was invested into a CTF, the amount saved would grow to £5,210.

Parents that do not invest the voucher within 12 months will have it invested for them by HM Revenue and Customs.

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