The Financial services Authority (FSA) has fined banks and lenders for the mis-selling of Payment Premium Insurance (PPI) and for failing to treat their customers fairly. Payment Premium Insurance cover (PPI) is sold to borrowers to cover them against the risk that they may not be able to pay their monthly payment on a credit card balance, mortgage or personal loan; due top ill health, accident or redundancy. PPI has in the past been a major source of income for banks, finance companies and retailers .The commissions paid received would have been from 25% to 75% of the total payment for the protection policy taken out. This is outrageous!
Todate the following banks, finance companies and retailers have been fined:
o Capital One was fined £175,000
o HFC Bank, (trading as Beneficial Finance & Household Bank) was fined £1,085,000
o Alliance& Leicester was fined £7,000,000 (million)
o Liverpool Victoria was fined £840,000
o Egg Bank was fined £721,000 recently
o GE Capital Bank was fined £610,000
o Loans.co.uk was fined £455,000
o and other retailers.
A whole reclaim industry has grown on the back of Payment Premium Insurance being mis-sold and anyone with a personal loan, car finance or a mortgage should check if they have a single premium policy as they could claim their money back.. Some companies have been ruthless in their sales techniques whilst others have just mislead customers into believing that they would not get their loan or finance agreed if they did not take out PPI protection.
Finance companies and Banks have been guilty of selling big chunky sized Payment Premium Insurance policies; usually around £3,000 to £4500 which they have then added to the mortgage, finance or personal loan agreement. The payment for the PPI cover would then be added to the initial loan amount. This would increase the amount borrowed by a few thousand pounds and finally Interest would then be charged on the entire life of the loan. Outrageous!
The Competition Commission would like banks, finance companies and retailers to stop selling PPI policies for 14 days after the finance was arranged. In early October last year the Financial services Authority (FSA) said it would be stepping up its action over the mis-selling of Payment Premium Insurance (PPI) in the future. It is little wonder that Royal Bank of Scotland, Nat West Bank, Barclay, Lloyd Banking Group, Alliance & Leicester, and the Co-Operative Bank have announced that they intend to stop selling single block Payment Premium Insurance (PPI) with personal loans by the end of January. The FSA now hopes that other firms will follow the lead of the Big Banks and cease selling Payment Premium Insurance (PPI).
In view of this announcement by the banks to withdraw PPI you should consider Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance (MPPI). Protecting our home is a basic need during a recession especially one with so many uncertainties. If we are made redundant we still need money to pay our mortgage and bills for 13 weeks or three months under the new initiatives recently announced by the government before we qualify for their help and assistance.