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.
Government backtracks on national insurance argument
The UK government, and especially Lord Mandelson, have this weekend backtracked on a number of allegations made against the business community in the UK. Lord Mandelson had been highly critical of many business leaders who signed a letter in support of the Conservative party's intention to reduce the proposed national insurance tax increase. The government appeared to suggest that business leaders...Read More
UK insurance rates are set to soar in coming years
While the banking industry is under serious pressure from the government, the insurance sector is sure to come under close scrutiny over the next couple of years. It is no surprise that insurance companies have seen a major reduction in their incomes in light of the economic slowdown and stock market turmoil, and this reduced income will need to be covered by increased premiums.
Popularity of last-minute holidays fuels insurance problems
The popularity of last-minute holidays has fuelled the number of tourists travelling abroad without insurance, according to research from Sainsbury's Travel Insurance.Sainsbury's found that around 8.8 million people or 18 per cent of the adult population will book their holiday two weeks or less before they travel in order to save money but that one in five (19 per cent) will not have purchased tr...Read More
Banks under investigation for PPI mis-handling
09/09/2013 Two unnamed banks are reportedly under investigation for the mis-handling of PPI complaints. The banks have been accused of rejecting an ‘outrageous’ amount of valid PPI complaints, something that Martin Wheatley, chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) described as “absolutely not acceptable.” Furthermore, the financial ombudsman, who deals with comp...Read More
Is It Time To Ditch Private Healthcare?
As money becomes ever tighter more and more people are looking at ways to cut their costs and reduce their monthly outgoings. One such area which is catching the attention of many is health insurance, something which is very useful to have, but has no real value until you actually need it. So are people right to consider cancelling their health insurance plans?
In many ways this i...