Deposit Guarantee Scheme
Icon expand What is the Deposit Guarantee Scheme?
The Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DGS) is the body in Ireland, that will pay compensation to eligible depositors if their financial institution is unable to repay deposit claims against it. The DGS is an independent body, set up by the Central Bank of Ireland.
Icon expand Customers already know about the DGS - so why has additional legislation been introduced?
Maintaining depositor confidence is a vital element of the financial services industry. The aim of this legislation is to raise customer awareness of the protection they have through the DGS and to provide consistent information at point of sale and on an annual basis.
Icon expand How do the changes affect my bank’s interactions with me?
- All eligible deposits held with Ulster Bank Ireland DAC continue to be protected up to a total of €100,000 across all deposits and current accounts held with us.
- For joint accounts the limit applies to each depositor separately (up to a total of €200,000, i.e. €100,000 per depositor)
- In case of bank failure, depositors will be reimbursed within 20 working days
- The DGS Depositor Information Sheet contains further details, customers can also visit the DGS website.
Icon expand What is protected?
Deposits or Current Accounts of:
- Sole Traders
- Clubs, associations, schools and charities
- Funds held in trust or in client accounts by solicitors and other professionals may be eligible if the underlying beneficiaries are eligible in their own right
- Small self-administered pensions
Icon expand What is not protected?
Deposits and Current accounts of:
- Banks, building societies and central banks.
- Public authorities
- Pension schemes and retirement funds (other than small, self- administered pensions)
- Collective Investment Schemes or UCITs
- Financial institutions such as consumer credit providers, stockbrokers, money brokers & moneylenders
- Central and local government authorities
- Public international organisations (e.g. IMF, UN, EU etc.)
- Persons charged or convicted of money laundering offences
Icon expand What amounts are covered?
- The DGS Limit is €100,000 per person, per authorised firm. The limit applies to individuals not accounts.
- This means for joint accounts the limit applies to each named account holder. So, for example, if you have a joint account with your spouse or partner, and no other accounts of your own, you could each be covered up to €100,000 under the deposit limit. That means protection of up to €200,000 in a joint account.
Icon expand What is the protection for Business Accounts?
Eligible deposits in an account to which two or more persons are entitled as members of a business partnership, association or grouping of a similar nature, without legal personality, are aggregated and treated as if made by a single depositor for the purpose of calculating the limit of €100,000.
Icon expand What are temporary high balances?
“Temporary high balances” are eligible deposits connected with certain events including:
- Certain transactions relating to the depositor’s current or prospective main residence or dwelling;
- A death, or the depositor’s marriage or civil partnership, divorce, retirement, dismissal, redundancy or invalidity (referred to as “life events”);
- The payment to the depositor of insurance benefits or compensation for personal injury, criminal injuries or wrongful conviction.
These are protected above €100,000 and up to a limit of € 1m (although no limit will apply to the compensation payable for a “temporary high balance” arising from a payment in connection with personal injury or incapacity).
They are protected for six months after the amount has been credited to the depositor’s account or for six months from the first date on which the depositor becomes legally entitled to the eligible deposit (for example, on the date of completion of a residential property purchase).