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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 (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.

Detailed below is Barclays FCA reportable complaints data:

Barclays Group summary

Period covered in this report: 1 July - 31 December 2012
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.

  Number of complaints opened Number of complaints closed Complaints closed within eight weeks (%) Complaints upheld by firm (%)
Banking 121,115 173,486 71% 32%
Home finance 5,289 5,685 81% 52%
General insurance and pure protection 294,814 341,710 87% 66%
Decumulation, life and pensions 2,027 2,146 62% 28%
Investments 4,089 4,373 76% 45%
Total 427,334 527,400 82% 54%

Barclays Bank Plc

Firm name: Barclays Bank Plc
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.

  Number of complaints opened Number of complaints closed Complaints closed within eight weeks (%) Complaints upheld by firm (%)
Banking 118,031 169,841 71% 32%
Home finance 5,257 5,653 81% 52%
General insurance and pure protection 286,919 333,556 87% 65%
Decumulation, life and pensions 1,944 2,058 61% 27%
Investments 2,151 2,387 60% 43%
Total 414,302 513,495 81% 54%

Barclays Stockbrokers Limited

Firm name: Barclays Stockbrokers Limited
Group: Barclays Group
Other firms included in this report (if any): 
Period covered in this report: 1 July- 31 December 2012
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 - - - -
Home finance - - - -
General insurance and pure protection 1 1 0% 100%
10Decumulation, life and pensions 81 80 98% 55%
Investments 1,193 1,211 98% 45%
Total 1,275 1,275 98% 46%

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 2,596 3,174 88% 33%
Home finance - - - -
General insurance and pure protection 166 230 78% 84%
Decumulation, life and pensions - - - -
Investments - - - -
Total 2,762 3,404 87% 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 488 471 99% 43%
Home finance 32 32 100% 38%
General insurance and pure protection 7,728 7,923 98% 96%
Decumulation, life and pensions - - - -
Investments - - - -
Total 8,248 8,426 98% 93%

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 - - - -
Home finance - - - -
General insurance and pure protection - - - -
Decumulation, life and pensions 2 8 38% 50%
Investments 745 775 89% 49%
Total 747 783 88% 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 2.92 Banking complaints per 1,000 accounts
  • For every Home Finance (mortgage) account, we reported 5.58 complaints for every 1,000 loans outstanding
  • In total, we reported 73.37 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 1.71 complaints per 1,000 accounts
  • We reported 3.63 complaints per 1,000 Decumulation, Life and Pensions accounts
  • In the Investments category, we reported 2.88 complaints per 1,000 accounts.
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