All cheques written and received by you go through the clearing cycle, a system used by the main British Banks to transfer money between accounts.
The clearing cycle used by the main banks changed in November 2007 and is now often referred to as the ‘2-4-6’ process (or ‘2-6-6’ for deposit accounts) as it sets a maximum time limit of two, four or six working days for each stage of the process after paying in a cheque.
This is how it works –
If you pay a cheque in on a Monday morning:
This does mean that a cheque can still be taken from your account for up to six days after you pay it in even if you have already spent it.
For our purposes, a working day lasts from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. Cheques or cash paid in after 5.00pm (sometimes after 3.30pm) won’t be processed until the next working day.
If you have any further questions about the clearing cycle, please contact our business management team or your local branch.
More information on this initiative, and how it applies across the UK Banking industry, is available at www.chequeandcredit.co.uk/246 *
*While all reasonable care has been taken to ensure that the information provided is correct, no liability is accepted by Lloyds Bank for any loss or damage caused to any person relying on any statement or omission. This is for information only and should not be relied upon as offering advice for any set of circumstances. Specific advice should always be sought in each instance.
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