• The last 2 weeks have been most ironic for news regarding PPI Claims in the UK.

First off, the BBC called upon a fee charging debt management and insolvency company director to offer advice on the breakfast show about how to claim back your PPI (Payment Protection Insurance) for free.

The personal debt management and insolvency company director was not heard rushing to recommend the free to client debt charities that can help with self debt management plans such as the CCCS (Consumer Credit Counselling Service) or the National Debtline etc.

The BBC are regularly reporting on the problems within the personal debt management sector.

The fee charging side of the debt management industry who mostly are and do remain compliant get a tough ride from the news and it is rare to see an independent compliant industry member given the opportunity to publicly share views regarding compliant fee charging operations.

Why did the BBC simply not decide to have an IFA (Independent Financial Advisor) who has no commercial fee charging connection or gain from the personal debt / insolvency industry offer advice on how to claim back PPI for free?

What the BBC seem to have done is recruit a number of local professionals “up north” who make guest bookings easy for the news channel and gives them industry content for the business news, better research would ensure the correct message reached the correct people with what we believe should be a balanced message.

A comparable analogy for what the BBC did with the PPI industry last week as referred to above could be viewed as asking an active Political Dictator to advise another currently democratic electorate on policies that should be undertaken and implemented for the benefit of that currently democratic state.

The BBC did not come over as balanced in reporting about the good PPI companies if mentioned at all, no defamation is meant as this is written by a fully paid BBC TV License (2012) holder!

Martin Lewis from Money Saving Expert has teamed up with the consumer action / review group Which to offer free advice on how to claim back PPI for free, or doing it yourself.

We have been led to believe without confirmation that money saving expert run by Martin Lewis operates by receiving a commission for a link or click through for savings and offers as referral payments for sales generated by the money saving expert site.

  • Does the link up with Which not get Martin Lewis extra revenue at the end of each day?
  • Is this now a bandwagon that all are jumping on for whatever gain is possible?
  • Who can be trusted as 100% transparent?
  • Why is he not mentioning this on Watchdog when commenting on other financial organisations?
  • It would be leading by example if Martin put his “how the site is funded” info at the top of his site with transparency and equality regarding prominent compliance.

As with anything in life, you can either pay for a service or decide to do it yourself.

Let’s consider some choices in daily life that we face on the above decision making basis;

  • Car Servicing – Do it yourself or get it done by a mechanic?
  • Breakdown Cover – Use the RAC / AA or call a mate to collect you?
  • Health Care – BUPA v National Health Service (NHS)
  • Dentist – Dental insurance plan, visit a dentist or pull your own teeth out?
  • Washing – Do it yourself or visit a Cleaner or Dry Cleaner Service?
  • Job recruitment – Find a job yourself or use a recruitment agency?

We can go on listing many silly and relevant arguments for the above question of doing something yourself or paying for a service.

Usually when you employ the services or enlist a professional to undertake work for you, it is with peace of mind that the service will be a bona fide one.

Affordability, time and personal choice along with ability are the four main factors that dictate the mental decision process of enlisting paid for help or going along the DIY route in life!

When consumer groups talk about people not being aware about PPI companies charging fees we can quite understand this, however, there are bona fide PPi companies out there. Also out there are the bad ones that are exploiting the industry.

  • As with anything, the consumer must beware.

Then we have to consider the vulnerable consumer, who unfortunately due to a number of reasons actually can make what we call a “rod for their own back”

Most vulnerable consumers will wish to hear that what they actually want or think is right for them, is actually available to them!

  • This is where the problem starts.
  • A compliant and bona fide company will try to explain with conviction that the service or product (when considering the financial services industry) the vulnerable consumer is applying for is not actually the best solution for them.
  • A non-compliant company would try and sell the consumer something as close as possible to what they enquired for originally whilst still matching the vulnerable consumer to a service or product they purport to be able to deliver or supply.

The news reported that banks may win some consumer bonus points as they are writing directly to the consumer to offer PPI claim repayments where they internally evidence the client may be due a refund.

Why then, did the banks previously spend millions of £’s legally trying to win a Judicial Review to stop the requirement for Payment Protection Insurance refunds where applicable?

We appreciate the commerciality of the decision made by Banks but when taking into account the recent and current global economic problems, will it ever become policy or law for big business to incorporate a moral obligation into their business models?

Introducer and offer / savings styled websites such as Money Saving Expert, tell you to go direct to the people that miss-sold the PPI to you originally then legally tried to avoid having to repay it to you and are now offering you to deal directly to claim it back!

Are the bona fide PPI companies and debt management providers merely being reduced to the “Meat in the Sandwich” of the authoritative and media driven “big feast”?

Let’s accept the truth, if the banks did not make the error of miss-selling PPI originally and the credit companies did not overload people with unaffordable loans and credit facilities, the debt management companies and PPI companies would have nothing to do!

  • Chicken or egg scenario?

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British Bankers Association and Bank PPI Claims

On May 9, 2011, in News, by Lewis Alexander

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  • The British Bankers Association are taking no further action about the PPI Claim Judicial review.

Sky news reported that on a scale of 1-10 for the banks, this reversal in direction regarding consumer PPI claims would have to rank about an 8 out of 10 for embarrassing.

The scandal is similar to the MP expense scandal as far as the banks following the letter of the law but not the spirit, miss-sold payment protection insurance has been found on an industrial scale and this is basically down to being not regulated correctly, however, what the banks were doing was basically wrong.

Lloyds Banking Group set aside approximately £3.5 billion and other banks have fallen in line with RBS expecting a bill in the region of £1.5 billion

20% of a clients’ monthly loan or credit repayment would have approximately contributed to ppi insurance on that debt.

Approximately £9 billion is expected to be claimed by the consumer from the main High Street banks who tried all they could to avoid this uturn / ruling.

  • Will the consumer end up paying this bill in bank fees?
  • We shall have to wait to find out!

Payment protection insurance or ppi is not a bad product it just needs selling correctly!

For further information about how to claim back Payment Protection Insurance or making a PPI Claim on a loan or credit card you have or may still have, please call us free from a UK landline using 0800 018 6868.

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Payment Protection Insurance Claims or PPI Claim

On May 15, 2010, in News, by Lewis Alexander
  • Are you a victim of miss-sold PPI?
  • Could you be entitled to reclaim Payment Protection Insurance on your credit cards & loans?
  • If you have or have had a credit card or loan or other type of personal credit agreement with payment protection insurance in the last 6 years, you could make a claim!

These adverts and catch lines are all very familiar when searching the internet for information regarding a Payment Protection Insurance Claim or PPI claims as they are known in short.

Companies will offer you the possibility of being able to make a claim for PPI miss-selling, this is when you have paid for payment protection insurance on a loan or credit card and did not ask for it etc.  There are a number of legal reasons why people are able to reclaim the fees they have paid out on Payment Protection Insurance and claims companies will do this work for you for a fee.

The fees that PPI Claim companies charge can vary and some are very high and some are reasonable, it is hard to find reputable companies that specialise in this sector as a great number are just enquiry generators who do not actually do the work for you.

  • There should be no upfront fees charged by a company to review a PPI Claim!

Certain well known high street lenders have suffered massive fines from the authorities for misselling Payment Protection Insurance and the amount of money being claimed back by individuals is also very high.

  • Payment Protection Insurance in itself is not something that does not work, It does!

PPI will cover you for repayments of personal credit agreements should you fall sick, become unemployed or simply have an accident.  These payments are usually met by the insurance company for up to one year.

From the FSA Financial Services Authority to the FOS Financial Ombudsman Service, these PPI companies have been fined, warned and reprimanded.

The finance companies make a lot of money from the add-on products such as PPI; this is where they make most of the profit from in the sale to you.

If you think you have a genuine claim for being miss-sold Payment Protection Insurance contact one of our advisors today in absolute confidence and we will help you to understand the process involved in making a PPI Claim.

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