Calls for crackdown on financial mis-selling

The UK Government and regulators must crack down on financial mis-selling, say MPs from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The comments come after studies revealed that more than 12 million consumers had been mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) since April 2011.

According to the PAC, firms paid out more than £22billion in compensation over the same period.

The PAC also pointed toward a Parliamentary publication entitled Financial services mis-selling: regulation and redress, published last week.

The publication highlighted that claims management companies (CMCs) had taken up to £5bn out of the compensation set aside for consumers.

Chair of the PAC Meg Hillier said: “The widespread mis-selling of PPI is a vivid demonstration of the risks facing consumers in the financial services market.”

“The fall-out is still with us. Many people have waited years for a decision on compensation and, because of the way they have pursued their claims, even then they may not receive the full amount. Serious risks of further mis-selling remain.”

The PAC said that those who had pursued claims through the Ombudsman had been forced to wait at least two years for a decision, due to a “large backlog of PPI claims”.

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