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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Named and Shamed

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has finally had the guts to name and shame the worst offending financial services companies in the UK, being those companies that have logged the highest number of customer complaints.

Congratulations to the five major high street banks, which account for the majority of the complaints.

The big five have managed to notch up a staggering 38,286 complaints, out of a total of nearly 70,000 received by the ombudsman in the six months to 30 June 2009.

- Lloyds (which includes HBOS) came top to the league of shame with 15,233 complaints.

- The Royal Bank of Scotland group scored 5,533 of the complaints received by the ombudsman.

- Barclays scored 8,283.

- Abbey scored 2,493 complaints.

- HSBC group scored 2,363 complaints.

- Alliance & Leicester scored 1,786.

The chairman of the FOS, Sir Christopher Kelly, was more than unimpressed. He is quoted:

"I will now be writing to the chairmen of the financial businesses that generate the largest proportion of our complaints workload, to ask them to consider very carefully both their own complaints performance – as reflected in the data we are publishing today – and the complaints performance of their competitors."

As I have noted many times before, the financial services sector in the UK treats its customers appallingly.

Why does it use the word "services" in its moniker, given that "service" is the one thing that it doesn't provide?

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