Lloyds Increase PPI Claims Provision As Higher Than Expected

Not wanting to feel left out, Lloyds Banking Group is the latest to announce another tranche of cash to cover high than expected Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) complaints. The last seven days has already seen Santander, Barclays, HSBC and RBS add £1.75billion to their collective compensation bill for mis-selling the insurance product.

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Too early to say if the problem is over’

Government-backed Lloyds has taken an additional £500 million provision, boosting the amount it has set aside for the scandal to over £10 billion – just under half the current total compensation pot.

Like many of the high street banks, Lloyds puts the latest provision down to a sharp increase in claims against policies sold prior to 2005, the majority of which have been brought by claims management companies.

Speaking about the number of PPI claims being handled by Lloyds, George Culmer, the bank’s chief financial officer, said: “Although the PPI claims were tapering, it was too early to say definitively that the problem was over.”

More complaints, more PPI compensation

On Friday, Royal Bank of Scotland added an extra £150m to its own compensation pot, taking its total PPI set-aside to £3.25bn. RBS is also dealing with imminent transatlantic regulatory fines over its role in the rigging of LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate), the rate at which banks lend to each other. Should the case go against them, fines of up to £300m from regulators in the UK and US are predicted.

With so many hundreds of millions in fines being bandied about, you’d need some sort of PPI calculator to keep a track of how much compensation is available. And there’s more. Barclays has also pulled out its wallet to pay for more PPI refunds, announcing in its half-yearly report that it would pay an additional £900m in compensation. That takes its total compensation bill to almost £5bn with the lender conceding that the scandal could have years left to run.

Speaking about its management of PPI provisions, chief executive of Barclays, Antony Jenkins, commented: “The bank will continue to review the provision utilisation and claim trends in the coming quarters and we are working hard to resolve the PPI legacy”.

PPI claim deadline not a wise idea

Even Santander UK have got in on the act, it hasn’t taken a PPI write-down for over three years but this month announced it would be setting aside £65m for PPI compensation. Rumours have been circling that chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio may use the bank’s half-yearly results to call for a claim cut-off point, but this would be a very unwise decision as a complaint deadline is a contentious and heavily opposed issue.

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  1. Some explanations why you could have been mis sold PPI include:

    it wasn’t clarified that PPI was optional;

    you considered buying PPI was a disorder, or could improve your chances, of receiving a loan or different form of credit;

    the coverage was included with your loan without your understanding;

    it was not made clear that the PPI cover might conclude before the
    loan or credit was repaid.
    If you’re uncertain whether your coverage was missold you must contact the Financial Ombudsman Service.

    There are various corporations that provide to send claims
    for missold PPI, typically known as state handlers, promises businesses or claims management
    firms (CMCs).

    If you do choose a claim handler you ought to carefully consider whether to pay for an upfront charge before your problem is published,
    as there is no assurance it will achieve success and you
    could be left out of pocket.

    PPI state handlers often retain up to 30% of a refund,
    if you be given a £5,000 refund you’d must pay £1,500 of it to your
    state handler.

    If you claim oneself, you will acquire all of any
    return you are entitled to.

    Step 4: Complain for your lender

    It’s better to produce in their mind delivering the maximum
    amount of information as you can about the coverage you’re worrying about and become clear about why you imagine the policy was missold.

    The organization or bank has eight months to answer, letting you know
    whether your problem has been effective or why it needs more time to appear into it.

    If your loan was arranged by a firm that’s
    nolonger trading, however you think it might have missold you PPI, you
    must contact the Financial Services Compensation System (FSCS) to
    learn steps to make a state.

    You can send the FOS’s free PPI state form (document) to them even if
    you presently used it to complain towards the firm or
    bank that offered you PPI.

    It is important that you contact the FOS within six months of getting a final reaction in the agency, or even the FOS might not be able to cope with your problem.

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