Key Terms Explained

This glossary of terms should help explain any words or phrases you’re not too familiar with.  They are terms you’re likely to come across in any literature we might send you and throughout our CTF Hub.


Account type: This explains the type of CTF Account you hold.  At Kingston Unity, we have two types of account: a Stakeholder and Non-Stakeholder version. You can find the details of each of these further down the page. Your CTF statement will explain to you which type of Child Trust Fund account you have.

Amount: This is the value that has been paid into your account on that transaction. You’ll find this on your CTF statement.

Annual Management Charge (AMC): This is the charge taken for managing the account. For Non-Stakeholder accounts, the AMC is taken before your annual bonus is applied. For Stakeholder Accounts, the AMC is taken before the Unit Price is declared. The AMC amount depends on the type of CTF Account you have.

Balance as at…: This is the value of your Child Trust Fund on that date.

Correspondent: This is the person we will write to if no Registered Contact has been set up to manage the account. Looking to become the Registered Contact?

CTF: This stands for Child Trust Fund.

Current Bonus Rate: For Non-Stakeholder CTFs, this describes the current Bonus Rate which will be applied to the CTF. Bonuses are added to the account on the account holder’s birthday and once added cannot be removed. Bear in mind this rate is variable, which means it can change.

Date of Birth: This is the Date of Birth of the CTF account holder.

Fund type: This describes the type of fund that your CTF invests in.

Member: From time to time, you’ll see us talking about our Members and not customers. This is because we are a mutual, which means we are owned by our Members and not for shareholder profit. This makes everyone who has a product with Kingston Unity, including our CTF holders, a Member.

Money in: This explains how much money has been paid into the CTF account within this statement period.

Non-Stakeholder CTF: This is one of the two types of CTF that we offer. Our Non-Stakeholder CTF invests into our With Profits fund. This is a type of investment fund that offers a low to medium risk investment by investing in shares, property, bonds and cash. This type of CTF guarantees that all the money paid into it, plus any bonuses that are added to the account, will be available to the account holder to withdraw or reinvest when the CTF matures on their 18th birthday.

Number of units: For Stakeholder CTFs, this is the number of units purchased on that transaction date.

Registered Contact: This is the person who looks after the account on behalf of the account holder. If the account holder is aged 16 or over then they can apply to manage their own account. Take a look at our section on becoming a Registered Contact to learn more.

Stakeholder CTF: This is one of the two types of CTF that we offer. A Stakeholder CTF must meet certain Government criteria. Our Stakeholder CTF is invested in a Unit-Linked fund, which invests in a spread of equities designed to track the performance of the FTSE All-Share index. The return on investments is dependent on the performance of the fund and its underlying assets. It is important to remember that the value can fall as well as rise and what this account gets back may be less than the contributions made.

Statement Period: You’ll find this on your statement. This is the period between annual statements and is usually 20 October in one year to 20 October in the following year.  This may be different when you first transfer a CTF to us, or where you receive a closing statement.

Total units as at: For Stakeholder CTFs this is the total amount of units you hold.

Transaction type: This describes the type of transaction that has been made.

Unit Price: For Stakeholder CTFs, this is the price for each unit purchased or held on that date.

URN: This stands for Unique Reference Number. It is used to identify the account. Keep this information safe.

Revenue Allocated Account: If a valid CTF voucher was not used to open an account before the voucher expired (12 months) the Government opened a CTF account on the child’s behalf. These are known as Revenue Allocated Accounts.

CTF provider: this is the provider who manages your CTF.

Maturity date: the date that the account matures, this is the account holder’s 18th birthday.

Subscription year: a subscription year runs from the child’s/account holder’s birthday in one year to the day before their birthday in the following year.

Annual subscription limit: this is the maximum amount of money which can be paid into a CTF each subscription year and is set by the Government.

Account holder: this is the person who owns the account and who the proceeds will be paid to when the CTF matures (the child).

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Key Facts about our services and costs

1. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

The FCA is the independent watchdog that regulates financial services. This document is designed by the FCA to be given to consumers buying certain financial products. You need to read this important document. It explains the service you are being offered and how you will pay for it.

2. Whose products do we offer?

We offer products from the whole market

We only offer products from a limited number of companies

We only offer our own products

3. Which service will we provide you with?

We will advise and make a recommendation for you after we have assessed your needs.

You will not receive advice or a recommendation from us. We may ask some questions to narrow down the selection of products that we will provide details on. You will then need to make your own choice about how to proceed.

We will provide basic advice on a limited range of stakeholder products and in order to do this we will ask some questions about your income, savings and other circumstances but we will not:

  • conduct a full assessment of your needs;
  • offer advice on whether a non-stakeholder product may be more suitable.

We can only offer products from Kingston Unity Friendly Society. These products will enable you to:

  • protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of death
  • save and invest with the added benefit of protecting yourself and your loved ones in the event of death
  • provide benefit cover in the event of sickness

4. What will you have to pay us for our services?

Normally, if you buy a financial product direct from us, there will be no payments such as commission or fees payable. If there are any commission or fees payable, we will tell you how we get paid and the amount before we carry out any business for you.

5. Who regulates us?

Kingston Unity Friendly Society, 9 Navigation Court, Calder Park, Wakefield, WF2 7BJ is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and .the Prudential Regulation Authority. Kingston Unity Friendly Society’s FCA Registered Number is 110056.

Kingston Unity Friendly Society permitted business is advising and arranging life assurance and pensions business.

You can check this on the FCA’s Register by visiting the FCA’s website or by contacting the FCA on 0845 606 1234.

6. What to do if you have a complaint

If you wish to register a complaint, please contact us:
…in writing Write to Kingston Unity Friendly Society, Complaints Department, 9 Navigation Court, Calder Park, Wakefield, WF2 7BJ. …by phoneTelephone (01924) 240164

If you cannot settle your complaint with us, you may be entitled to refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

7. Are we covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)?

We are covered by the FSCS. You may be entitled to compensation from the scheme if we cannot meet our obligations. This depends on the type of business and the circumstances of the claim.

Most types of insurance business are covered for 90% of the claim with no upper limit.