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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 (98%). Barclays complaints should be viewed within the context that we undertook on average over 8 million transactions per day during H1 2014, one of the highest volumes of transactions in the UK banking industry.

For the first half of 2014 (H1):

  • Total complaints are down 26 per cent to 284,342 (H1 2013 381,740, H2 2013 317,041);

  • Banking complaints are up 12 per cent to 91,198 (H1 2013 81,222, H2 2013 82,543);

  • PPI* complaints are down 37 per cent to 182,564 (H1 2013 290,525, H2 2013 225,229);

* 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 2014
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, Barclays Direct (formally ING Direct UK).

  Number of complaints opened Number of complaints closed Complaints closed within eight weeks (%) Complaints upheld by firm (%)
Banking 91,198 88,306 80% 55%
Home finance 5,900 5,691 61% 65%
General insurance and pure protection 182,564 200,010 82% 78%
Decumulation, life and pensions 826 802  76%  35%
Investments 3,854 3,888 86% 51%
Total 284,342 298,697 81% 71%

Barclays Bank Plc

Firm name: Barclays Bank Plc
Period covered in this report: 1 January - 30 June 2014 (Barclays Sharedealing and Barclays Stockbrokers Limited migrated into the Barclays Bank Plc Legal Entity 01/02/2014)
Group: Barclays Group
Other firms included in this report (if any): Barclays Insurance Services Company Ltd and Solution Personal Finance Ltd
Brands/trading names covered: Barclays Bank Plc, Barclays Retail Bank, Barclaycard, Barclays Wealth, Barclays Business Bank, Barclays Corporate Bank, Solution Personal Finance Ltd, Standard Life Cash Savings & Mortgages, Standard Life Cash Savings, Standard Life Mortgages, Barclays Stockbrokers Limited, Barclays Sharedealing, Barclays Direct (formally ING Direct UK).

  Number of complaints opened Number of complaints closed Complaints closed within eight weeks (%) Complaints upheld by firm (%)
Banking 88,792 85,670 80% 55%
Home finance 5,874 5,665 61% 65%
General insurance and pure protection 180,112 197,656 82% 78%
Decumulation, life and pensions 804 770 75% 35%
Investments 2,844 2,817 81% 51%
Total 278,426 292,578 81% 71%

Barclays Stockbrokers Limited

Firm name: Barclays Stockbrokers Limited
Period covered in this report: 1 January - 31 January 2014 (Legal Entity migrated to Barclays Bank Plc 01/02/2014)
Group: Barclays Group
Other firms included in this report (if any): 
Brands/trading names covered:
 Barclays Stockbrokers Limited.

  Number of complaints opened Number of complaints closed Complaints closed within eight weeks (%) Complaints upheld by firm (%)
Banking 0 0 0% 0%
Home finance 0 0 0% 0%
General insurance and pure protection 0 0 0% 0%
Decumulation, life and pensions 17 28 93% 50%
Investments 161 252 99% 58%
Total 178 280 98% 57%

 

Clydesdale Financial Services Limited

Firm name: Clydesdale Financial Services Limited
Group: Barclays Group
Other firms included in this report (if any):
Brands/trading names covered: Clydesdale Financial Services Limited, Barclays Partner Finance.

  Number of complaints opened Number of complaints closed Complaints closed within eight weeks (%) Complaints upheld by firm (%)
Banking 1,932 2,171 90% 34%
Home finance 0 0 0% 0%
General insurance and pure protection 64 69 100% 97%
Decumulation, life and pensions 0 0 0% 0%
Investments 0 0 0% 0%
Total 1,996 2,240 90% 36%

 

Firstplus Financial Group Plc

Firm name: Firstplus Financial Group Plc
Group: Barclays Group
Other firms included in this report (if any):
Brands/trading names covered: Firstplus Financial Group Plc.

  Number of complaints opened Number of complaints closed Complaints closed within eight weeks (%) Complaints upheld by firm (%)
Banking 474 465 99% 44%
Home finance 26 26 96% 27%
General insurance and pure protection 2,388 2,285 94% 95%
Decumulation, life and pensions 0 0 0% 0%
Investments 0 0 0% 0%
Total 2,888 2,776 95% 86%

 

Woolwich Plan Managers Limited

Firm name: Woolwich Plan Managers Limited
Group: Barclays Group
Other firms included in this report (if any): Barclays Wealth Funds Limited
Brands/trading names covered: Woolwich Plan Managers Limited, Barclays Wealth Funds Limited.

  Number of complaints opened Number of complaints closed Complaints closed within eight weeks (%) Complaints upheld by firm (%)
Banking 0 0 0% 0%
Home finance 0 0 0% 0%
General insurance and pure protection 0 0 0% 0%
Decumulation, life and pensions 5 4 75% 50%
Investments 849 819 97% 49%
Total 854 823 97% 49%

Additional context:

Barclays Group has over 40 million Banking category related accounts, including current accounts, credit cards, personal loans and savings accounts. This means we reported 2.21 Banking complaints per 1,000 accounts;

For every Home Finance (mortgage) account, we reported 6.06 complaints for every 1,000 loans outstanding;

In total, we reported 49.0 complaints per 1,000 accounts related to General Insurance and Pure Protection, with the majority of complaints in this category related to Payment Protection Insurance (PPI). Excluding this product, we reported 1.73 complaints per 1,000 accounts.

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