FSA confirms 3 million payment protection insurance plans under review
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has today confirmed that around 3 million people may well be eligible for compensation payments which could top £2 billion over the alleged mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI). So far the authorities have received in excess of 100,000 complaints regarding PPI and there are many more expected in the short to medium term.
The authorities have today issued new rules on how the flood of complaints should be handled and indeed what form and what size of compensation can be expected. This is a situation which many banks in the UK have attempted to delay and indeed a number of banks clubbed together to demand a review of the PPI ruling by the FSA. In simple terms, the FSA has introduced new rules which will come into play later in 2010 which will offer customers more information on PPI products, a cooling off period and the ability to look elsewhere for their cover.
However, there are many points of friction between the UK financial industry and the FSA over changes to PPI. Quite how these will impact upon the final ruling and future of PPI very much remains to be seen.
UK insurance sector still under pressure
The UK insurance sector is again under pressure this morning with concerns that solvency levels will fall over the coming months and more and more companies will be forced to raise additional finance elsewhere. Investor appetite for fundraisings is running dangerously low and there are concerns about how and when additional funding could be raised. One option in traditional markets would have been...Read More
Life insurance shortfall revealed by Post Office
Around 75 per cent of people do not have life insurance, the Post Office said today.The organisation also released figures showing that the average Briton owns assets of £350,000 - around twice the level of the typical life insurance policy.When people who had not taken out the cover were asked why, one quarter said they could not afford it, while a further 18 per cent said that they did not thin...Read More
Royal Bank of Scotland to close half of its insurance offices
In a rather disappointing and surprise move it has been announced that Royal Bank of Scotland will be closing half of its insurance offices with Glasgow, Peterborough and Bristol earmarked for closure. This will result in well over 1000 jobs being lost amid signs that the company is looking to trim down its insurance operations, which include Churchill and Direct Line, ahead of a forced sale by th...Read More
Cutting the cost of your car insurance
To many people car insurance is daylight robbery in many ways, you cannot get away without it, the premiums keep rising and more often than not you do not receive the amount you thought your car was insured for in the event of an accident. So how can you reduce your car insurance while retaining the cover that is applicable to you?
There are many ways to reduce you cover which incl...
Simple ways to save money : Insurance
While we have seen various reports over the last few weeks of people deciding against renewing their home insurance, car insurance and other insurance policies, there are obvious risks with this particular strategy - not to mention possible legal implications. However, there are many ways to reduce your insurance premiums which will only take a few moments of your time.
It is well-k...