Municipal investments offer lower risk returns
When you invest in a municipal investment you are investing directly in the council. The council sets out how it will use the money raised for each investment, and they are responsible for managing and delivering the project (and taking the risk that comes with it, such as any delays in construction, or changes in legislation). Your investment will then sit alongside the council’s other sources of borrowing for infrastructure — such as the HM Treasury’s Public Works Loan Board — to fund the delivery of the council’s overall investment plans.
That means the risk of your investment is not directly linked to the project itself and is instead linked to the wider strength of the council. Simply put, you will still receive your returns on your municipal investment even if the intended project suffers setbacks, as it is the council who carries the project risk.
In addition, unlike companies, legislation requires that councils remain financially viable. There are also strict guidelines on when and how a council can borrow money, as well as a legal responsibility to maintain a balanced budget. That means you get a lower investment return — more comparable to other Government-backed investments such as Gilts — but you are also taking a lower risk on your capital.Read more: Council’s financial governance
Deliver projects that make a big impact
With our municipal investments you are funding councils to deliver green and social projects. That means you can help tackle the climate emergency — and build more resilient communities — through funding new infrastructure such as green energy, EV charging and energy efficiency all over the UK.
A long term investment, with added purpose
Many of us have money put away for long term goals — such as retirement — and it is a priority that a proportion of the money that we put away is not exposed to high risk of loss. This is where our municipal investments can help. They offer long term, lower risk returns, that let you put your money to work for your future, safe in the knowledge that it is also helping to build a better world.
Earn interest from day one
You start earning interest from the day you invest (provided the minimum investment threshold for the investment has been reached). That means the earlier you invest, the more you earn.
Get tax-free returns by investing through an Innovative Finance ISA
Our new municipal investments, launched after September 2021, are structured as peer to peer loans and are eligible to be held in an Innovative Finance ISA. Our first two municipal investments, launched in 2020 with West Berkshire and Warrington Councils, are not ISA eligible.
As with all investments, municipal investments have risks
Municipal investments are not a cash savings product and therefore there is some risk of losing your money. You should expect to hold municipal investments for their full term. We do offer a marketplace should you need to exit the investment early, but bear in mind that if you do so there is a risk you may not get all your capital back.