The Bacs Cash ISA Transfer Service automates the communication between an
acquiring party and a ceding party for a Cash ISA transfer. It involves information
exchanges (messages) between the acquiring party and the ceding
The service was developed in response to the changing regulatory landscape relating to the speed of the transfer of Cash ISAs.
- For Cash ISA providers the service results in an increase in the quality and ease of the transfer of Cash ISAs due to the automation and standardisation of information flows between providers
- Consumers benefit from an improved experience as transferring is easier and may be faster as there is a standard process that providers follow
- There is a reduction in the amount of paper used in the process, this is environmentally beneficial and there are associated cost savings due to the absence of forms, envelopes and postage
- Automation of the information flows means there is certainty of delivery and receipt of the information passed from one provider to another
- There is an audit trail available for all Cash ISAs transferred in the event of a dispute.
Participants are registered to use the service by Bacs or Faster Payments (FPS) Scheme
members. A participant is registered on the service as a service user and is
identified by a Service User Number (SUN).
The service supports transfers
- An adult Cash ISA to another adult Cash ISA
- An adult Cash ISA to an adult Stocks and Shares ISA
- A junior Cash ISA to another junior Cash ISA
- A junior Cash ISA to a junior Stocks and Shares ISA
- An adult Cash ISA to an Innovative Finance (IF) ISA
The payment to transfer the balance is outside the scope of the service.
Operating the service
Operational and reference documents relating to the Bacs Cash ISA Transfer Service are available from the Information Hub to the right of your screen. You will see five documents listed, to view more click on the arrow to the side of the Information Hub to make the panel slide out and enter 'Cash ISA' in the Search facility, or simply follow this link Cash ISA documents.
These documents are only available to Cash ISA providers registered to use the service with Bacs and Bacs member banks only. Log in first to access the documents.