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 8.4 million transactions per day during Q1 2015, one of the highest volumes of transactions in the UK banking industry.
For the First Quarter of 2015 (Q1)
The new figures give a picture of the first quarter of 2015 where total complaints including PPI reduced by 2,981 compared to the first quarter of 2014 (Q1 2015 142,568; Q1 2014 145,549), a 2% reduction within this:
- PPI* (General Insurance complaints) have decreased by 24,763 compared to the first quarter of 2014 (Q1 2015: 70,105; Q1 2014: 94,868), that’s a 26% reduction.
- Mortgage complaints are down 6%. This is due to a number of changes to improve the mortgage journey including adopting more digital processes and streamlining switching services.
* 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 - 31 March 2015
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).