Banks must set aside more for PPI

Sarah Davidson

September 27, 2012

The number of new PPI claims more than doubled to 2.2 million in the first half of 2012, a 129% increase on the previous six months, according to new complaints data from the Financial Services Authority published today.

New Which? analysis suggests that if PPI payouts continue at the same pace as the first half of this year, Lloyds could run out of provisions by November 2012, Barclays by December 2012, RBS within the next six months, and HSBC by August next year.

As the full extent of the PPI scandal continues to unfold, Which? is calling on the banks to ensure they set aside sufficient funds to make sure customers who were mis-sold PPI are properly compensated and ensure they are making it as easy as possible for customers to claim back the money they are owed.

Which? also wants to see the banks publish monthly updates so there is full transparency about the amounts that have been paid back. Banks should also claw back bonuses from senior executives who presided over the mis-selling scandal to help fund the new provisions.

Which? chief executive officer Peter Vicary-Smith said: “With well over two million PPI complaints being made in just six months, PPI is now the biggest financial scandal of all time. The banks must set aside more money for PPI claims and make it easier for customers to get back what they are rightly owed, without any hassle.

“Consumers are continually being short-changed by the banks. We’re campaigning for Big Change in the culture of banking to put customers first, not bankers and protect the public suffering from further mis-selling and scandals.”

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