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85% of Child Trust Fund holders keep their money in ISAs after turning 18, Healthy Investment finds

Peter Green, chief executive of Healthy Investment

Twelve months on from the first 18-year-old holders of Child Trust Funds (CTFs) gaining access to their money the vast majority have chosen to keep their accounts invested, according to a leading provider of children’s savings and investments. Healthy Investment has reported that, of approximately 1,100 younger members who turned 18 between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021, more than 85 per cent have kept their funds invested with the historic friendly society.

CTFs were one of the flagship policies of the former Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown and were intended to help improve social mobility by giving all children a nest egg. The government issued CTF vouchers worth between £250 and £500 to the parents of children born in the UK between 1 September 2002 and 3 January 2011 (when they were discontinued), and many of these accounts have since been added to by parents and grandparents.

When a CTF matures on the holder’s 18th birthday the default position is for it to transfer into an adult ISA or, if the provider does not offer an ISA, into a tax-free matured CTF account, which is more limited in scope. CTFs held with Healthy Investment automatically transfer into a Healthy Investment All-Share ISA on the beneficiary’s 18th birthday, at which point beneficiaries can withdraw their money if they wish.

Healthy Investment is a major provider of CTFs, managing more than 90,000 of these accounts on behalf of younger members. Its chief executive, Peter Green, said, “Sometimes parents and grandparents worry about what teenagers will do if they are given access to a significant sum of money at a relatively early age.

“The answer appears to be that most of them will continue to save it, and in many cases add to it. I am really proud of our younger members, and look forward to continuing to be part of their financial journey as they move into adulthood.”

Healthy Investment is one of the oldest financial mutuals in the UK. It was founded as a friendly society in 1835 and today provides ISAs, Investment Bonds, Junior ISAs, Child Trust Funds and savings plans to more than 110,000 members.

The society was founded in Salford and has been based in Greater Manchester throughout its history. In 1917 it relocated its headquarters from Salford to Manchester City Centre and in 2007 moved into its current premises in the Greater Manchester town of Bury.