A new long-term investment account was announced in 2005 (in the UK). This was for children born on or after 1st September 2002. It was called a Child Trust Fund (CTF) into which the government paid £250 in the beginning and then another £250 at age 7. Parents were able to add more into the account (subject to an annual limit). Families on lower incomes could get an additional £250 both at the start and age 7.
The account was the predecessor of today’s Junior ISA.
After age 18 the account can be accessed or re-invested in an ISA etc. However, there is a high incidence of ‘Addressee Gone Away’ accounts – this means that many people have a CTF account with their name on it but simply never knew about it.
I realise this article should live on TikTok, because that’s where all the kids are on. However, it’s also relevant to parents of kids born between 2002 and 2011.
Child Trust Funds were discontinued in 2011 due to politics and probably the cost involved as well. Existing accounts could continue though.
If you were born after 1 Sept 2002 (about 18.5 years ago) then there’s a good chance you have a child trust fund with at least a few hundred or few thousand pounds in it. This is accessible for people who are 18 years old today… and gradually more and more CTF accounts will “mature”.
It’s possible to track down your own or your child’s account and the process is explained on the government’s website.
I hope some of you find the above useful and are able to track down your child trust funds. 🙂