In the UK, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requires financial services firms to report on the number of UK FCA reportable customer complaints they receive on a half yearly basis. This includes capturing expressions of dissatisfaction and aiming to resolve complaints within eight weeks. If complaints remain unresolved after eight weeks or if a customer is dissatisfied with our final response, they have the option to refer their complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). The FOS also publishes a half yearly report on financial services complaints they receive.
This site provides an overview of Barclays FCA reportable complaints data since 2010 and highlights how we are driving down complaints by improving the overall customer experience. We are committed to delivering a sustained reduction in complaints and while we are heading in the right direction, we recognise we still have a way to go.
Our complaints data is published individually for each UK legal entity and in a Barclays Group summary, with segmentation across the five FCA product categories. Barclays Bank PLC accounts for the majority of all Barclays UK FCA reportable complaints (97%). Barclays complaints should be viewed within the context that we undertake over 1.5 million transactions per day, one of the highest volumes of transactions in the UK banking industry.
For the first half of 2013 (H1), our total complaints excluding PPI* have reduced by 46 per cent to 91,215 and by 16 per cent including PPI to 381,740 (H1 2013 compared to H1 2012). This is a fall from 427,334 for the second half of 2012 (H2) for all complaints. Banking complaints are down 48 per cent to 81,222 comparing H1 2013 to H1 2012 (H1 2012 156,621; H2 2012 121,115). We have now reduced these complaints by 62 per cent (H2 2010 215,326) since 2010 through a renewed focus on tackling complaints.
* The General insurance and Pure Protection category, of which the overwhelming majority are PPI complaints.
Detailed below is Barclays’ FCA reportable complaints data:
Barclays Group summary
Period covered in this report: 1 January - 30 June 2013
Brands/trading names covered: Barclays Bank Plc, Barclays Sharedealing, Barclays Stockbrokers Limited, Clydesdale Financial Services Limited, Firstplus Financial Group PLC, Woolwich Plan Managers Limited, Standard Life Cash Savings & Mortgages, Standard Life Cash Savings, Standard Life Mortgages.