The PPI scandal dates back to late 1990’s when it was first reported that PPI was a poor value product. PPI or payment protection insurance was introduced as a product that would cover the monthly repayments if a person holding the PPI policy fell ill or lost their job. For most people, it sounded an attractive proposition and the product was a hit. The PPI was generally sold alongside loans or credit cards. Many people even led to believe that the credit application was more likely to accepted if the person had a PPI. This was one on the primary methods by which PPI was mis-sold and there were many other loopholes which allowed this to happen.
Most banks and financial institutions that sold PPI did not share the complete and accurate details regarding PPI as they earned a huge profit by mis-selling the product. The figures reveal that banks and financial institutions had a profit margin of almost 80 % if they mis-sold the product. The PPI claims statistics also reveal the fact that since most of the policies were purchased alongside loans, most people ended up paying a lot of money and that the PPI turned out to be a very expensive product.
However, the statistics also reveal that millions of customers have now successfully claimed back their mis-sold PPI premiums. Of the 4.5 million people who have made claims, 2.5 million have been able to get the settlement of the claim. The statistics also reveal the fact that the biggest scandal is also turning out to be an economy stimulus package as it is not only helping people get money but is also generating a lot of new jobs. It is known from statistics that around 6000 extra people have been hired by UK banks and financial institutions to handle the PPI claims.
When the story first broke, back in 2009, it was estimated that payouts for mis-sold PPI could reach £4.5billion. However, 5yrs on, that sum has more than quadrupled with major UK banks now having set aside over £22billion, and with claims for compensation still incoming that figure could rise further still!
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