Paying for your membership with Direct Debit

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It’s easy to pay for your membership by Direct Debit.

Paying by Direct Debit gives you peace of mind and security, as you’re protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee. Plus, if you pay by monthly Direct Debit, you can spread the cost of your annual membership across the year.

Direct Debit also helps us – it reduces our administration costs and gives us the confidence to commit to vital conservation work.

How Direct Debit works

If you choose to pay monthly

  • It's not possible to pay for young person (unless renewing after a year), junior and gift memberships in monthly instalments. However, you can pay by annual Direct Debit or by credit/debit card.
  • Payments are made monthly in advance on or shortly after the 8th of each month.
  • We’ll enclose a Direct Debit payment schedule in your welcome pack showing you the amount and date for each payment.
  • For new memberships, your first payment will cover either the first two or three months of your membership depending upon when you join. For example, for a joint membership the first payment could be either £20 or £30, with subsequent payments of £10 each month.
  • Read monthly Direct Debit payment terms and conditions.

 

If you choose to pay annually

  • You can pay by annual Direct Debit for all annual memberships, including young person, junior (as long as the member is over 13-years-old or it's been bought as a gift by someone over the age of 13) and gift memberships.
  • The first payment is made on or shortly after the 8th, 15th, 22nd or 28th of the month depending upon when you join.
  • We’ll enclose a Direct Debit payment schedule in your welcome pack showing you the amount and date of this payment.

 

What happens at renewal?

  • A month before your membership is due to end, you'll receive a letter with details about renewing your membership together with your new Direct Debit schedule.
  • After one year, at the renewal of a young person membership, you're able to pay by monthly Direct Debit if you wish.
  • Annual Direct Debit renewals are taken on or shortly after the 8th of the renewal month. 
  • Monthly Direct Debit renewals are also taken on or shortly after the 8th of each month. Payments are made monthly in advance, so the first payment for the new membership year will be taken during the last month of the current one.
  • Memberships paid by Direct Debit renew automatically, unless you tell us otherwise.
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Simple to set up 

Whether you’re thinking of joining for the first time, or you’ve already been a member for years, Direct Debit is the easiest way to pay for your membership.

If you’re already a member, you can simply switch to pay by Direct Debit using My National Trust, or by calling us on 0344 800 1895.

If you need to discuss payments for junior membership, please call us on the above number.

Monthly Direct Debit payment terms and conditions

Your membership

You agree to take out the selected National Trust membership for one year.

We will write to you shortly before the end of your membership year and supply you with a new membership card for the following year. You will be given the opportunity to tell us if you do not want to renew your membership for the following year.

Your membership fee

Your membership fee is payable in instalments, which (unless the section below on the failure to pay your membership fee applies) only becomes due on a monthly basis as your annual membership progresses.

Your instalment amounts and the dates on which they become payable will be set out in the payment schedule, which we will send you as part of your membership welcome or renewal letter.

Failure to pay your membership fee

If you fail to pay the National Trust any instalment due within seven days of the date set out in the payment schedule, we will write to you and give you the opportunity to either pay that instalment, or pay all instalments due for the remainder of your membership year, by alternative means.

If you then fail to pay the relevant amount due by the required date, we will write to you again to ask you to pay all instalments due for the remainder of your membership year.

Unfortunately, if you then fail to pay this amount by the required date your National Trust membership will immediately be closed.

Please note that these provisions will not apply if your failure to pay is due to bank or National Trust error.