Community Savings

Community Group Savings

Invest in your community

A Hoot Community Savings Account is for organisations and groups looking for an ethical and mutual place to deposit and manage their money or invest in savings

By using a Community Savings Account you are safe in the knowledge of knowing your money is carefully invested back within the community to provide fair and reasonable loans to individuals. Plus you become a shareholder of the credit union and have a right to vote like any other member.

  • A safe, ethical place to deposit and manage your money
  • An opportunity to invest in your community
  • A dividend return on deposits (subject to credit union performance)
  • A range of ways to deposit or withdraw funds
  • The Credit Union Prepaid Card for purchases in store or online (charges apply)
  • A local and friendly service from people who understand your needs

Who is the Corporate Account for?

  • Community groups
  • Small charitable organisations
  • Small and medium enterprises

Can any organisation have a Hoot account?

If your organisation, group or business has a place of business or operates in the area covered by the common bond you are eligible for a Hoot account.

When you open a Community Savings Account you will become a corporate member of the credit union. You will then be able to deposit savings.

As a corporate member of the credit union you will have the same rights as individual members including one vote at our Annual General meeting. The credit union rulebook outlines the rights, rules and limitations of corporate membership.

When you open a Hoot Community Savings Account you will get:

  • A range of ways to deposit or withdraw funds
  • The Credit Union VISA Prepaid Card for purchases in store or online*
  • A cheque issuing service‡
  • No monthly account charges
  • A local and friendly service from people who understand your needs
  • A targeted dividend return on deposits (subject to credit union rules)

We are sorry but Hoot Community Accounts do not offer cheque books, debit or credit cards, overdrafts, direct debits or standing order facilities.

*Charges apply ‡Maximum of 5 cheques issued per year.

When your organisation applies to become a credit union member you must nominate someone to hold the authority to act on behalf of the organisation.

An incorporated body is a member in its own right. If you are an incorporated body your nominated person on will be known as the Corporate Representative.

An unincorporated association must be represented by an individual/s. If you are an unincorporated body your nominated person will be known as the Designated Representative. That individual may also me a member of the credit union in their own right.

Individual signatories do not need to meet the eligibility above but the organisation must meet eligibility. We may ask for additional evidence of eligibility or verification of your organisation in addition to the application requirements.

You may nominate additional signatories to the account by completing the relevant section of the application form but the Representative will be responsible for the account.

We also require details of all shareholders, directors or beneficial owners holding more than 25% of shares in the organisation who are not signatories. If you have such shareholders in your organisation, please ask for a supplementary application form.

Each Representative or signatory must provide evidence of Identification in line with the credit union’s obligations on Anti-Money Laundering.

To apply for a Community Savings Account download the application form and guide and contact us to make an appointment to go through your application documents with you.

Please call 01204 365024 if you would like more information or assistance with applying for a Community Savings Account.

Membership

  1. To be eligible for corporate membership your organisation must have a place of business or operate within the postcodes of BL0-BL9, M25-M29, M38, M45 and M46.
  2. An incorporated body is a member in its own right. If you are an incorporated body your nominated person on will be known as the Corporate Representative. An unincorporated association must be represented by an individual/s. If you are an unincorporated body your nominated person will be known as the Designated Representative. That individual may also be a member of the credit union in their own right. When your organisation becomes a credit union member you must nominate someone to hold the authority to act on behalf of the organisation.
  3. Membership approval is subject to Rule 8 of credit union rules: “The Board of Directors shall ensure that at all times the number of Corporate Members in membership of the Credit Union does not exceed 10% (or such other amount as prescribed by law”. The rules give more details on Corporate Membership and general terms and conditions of membership.
  4. Once accepted into membership you will be issued with one membership number regardless of the number of signatories to the account.
  5. The nominated Representative will be issued with a membership card with the corporate account number. Your signatory must produce this card when accessing Hoot services. This person must produce ID to verify they are a signatory to the account.. Additional cards are available on application.
  6. The nominated Representative will hold the voting rights for the organisation, which will have one vote regardless of number of signatories or monies deposited.

Savings

  1. The maximum amount of savings for any one member is £15,000 and are withdrawable but non-transferable.
  2. Acceptance of corporate deposits is subject to the limitations of credit union rules showing the aggregate limitations and restrictions for corporate deposits. Please ask for details.

Account security

  1. You must take all reasonable precautions to ensure that only nominated users have access to the account and understand that the credit union is not responsible for any loss which may be incurred by any party as a consequence of any breach of security on the part of the organisation.

Transactions

  1. Corporate members may deposit and withdraw funds in the same way as individual members.  We regret that we cannot accept deposits of personal cheques.
  2. The daily limit for cash withdrawals is £250 per day.
  3. The daily limit for transfer of funds to Prepaid Card is £3000 (other limits apply, ask for details)
  4. The credit union can issue a cheque on the group’s behalf by prior arrangement giving 7 days’ notice.
  5. Withdrawals of monies from the credit union may be subject to Rule 51 of credit union rules: “Subject to rules 52 and 53, money paid in on Shares, may be withdrawn by a Member on any day as provided for by the Board. However, if required, the Board may request up to sixty days’ notice from a Member of their intention to withdraw their shareholding.“

Return on deposit

All members receive a share in the organisation’s trading surplus, called a ‘dividend’ rather than a fixed rate of interest. This is paid annually, depending on credit union performance and the agreement of members at the AGM, as a percentage of your deposit and is not guaranteed.

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Hoot Credit union is a member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme which means that some corporate deposits are protected up to £85,000.

Most types of claimants are eligible to claim compensation for deposits. But there are some limited exceptions, such as claimants who are authorised financial services firms or public bodies. 

Details of how savings are protected and information on exclusions from protection by the FSCS can be found in the leaflet Protecting Your Savings.

The website www.fscs.org.uk has more details.