What are the different balances in Online Banking?

What are the different balances in Online Banking?

For current accounts, the following details will be displayed:

  • Balance - Your balance is displayed in bold and includes any pending transactions you've got outstanding.
  • Pending transactions - These are pending transactions for your current account that have been approved but haven't cleared. They may include pre-authorised amounts which are subject to change.


If you have an arranged overdraft you will also see:

  • Overdraft limit - This is your arranged overdraft limit.
  • Overdraft remaining - The remaining amount of your arranged overdraft, displayed if you're using your limit.

Examples of current account balances

Why has my current account balance been changed?

How will balances be displayed for all other account types?

How will my current account balance show if I have an Auto Transfer set up to a subsidiary account?

Understanding pending transactions

Understanding pending transactions

Pending transactions are transactions you have made with your debit card which are waiting to be deducted from your account. The merchant normally tells us about your transaction as soon as it happens and we set aside those funds by taking them off your balance to make sure you don’t spend the money again.

However, this process can occasionally be delayed if the merchant takes longer to notify us. This is what is called a ‘pending transaction’ and you will see this reflected in your ‘Balance Including Pending Transactions’.

The transaction normally completes in full a day or two later when it will then also be reflected in your ‘Account Balance’. Occasionally you won’t see a debit card payment as a pending transaction. This can be down to timing or where the merchant has not been able to contact us immediately because you have made an ‘offline’ transaction. These are usually on planes, boats, trains or for parking or tolls so it’s important you always ensure you have enough funds in your account before making a transaction.

My balance at the weekend

My balance at the weekend

Your balance might not be what you were expecting over the weekend and bank holidays.

How can I keep track of my debit card transactions so that I do not go overdrawn?

Log in to Online Banking(opens in a new window).


Changes to when payments go into and come out of your account(s) at the weekend

Payments into your account at the weekend (like your salary, pension or other regular income)

Any payments due into your account on a Monday will only be available to you from the Monday and not the Saturday as before

Payments out of your account at the weekend (like direct debits and standing orders)

Any payments due out of your account on a Monday will leave your account on the Monday, meaning this money will be still available to you over the weekend.

An uncleared cheque example

An uncleared cheque example

If you have £350 in your account and have just paid in a cheque for £50 the Account Balance column will increase to £400 the next day. Once the cheque has cleared, the value of the cheque will be reflected in the balance including pending transactions. If you have an overdraft, this will also be shown.

Before cheque clearing

Account balanceBalance including pending transactionsOverdraft limitOverdraft remaining

After cheque clearing

Account balanceBalance including pending transactionsOverdraft limitOverdraft remaining

More information on cheques


How will balances be displayed for other account types?

For loans, the balance displayed is the total of the loan amount and the interest still outstanding for the remaining term of the loan. This is not a settlement figure.

For other account types such as savings and mortgages, the balance displayed in bold is the account balance.

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