Britain’s largest banks expected to set aside hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate customers that were the alleged victims of mis-selling. As of the end of July, the Big Four Banks reportedly had budgeted at least $20.2 billion (the figure was converted from pounds) to pay back clients that were mis-sold insurance policies. Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY) and Barclays (BCS) are among the institutions needing to pay such provisions.
According to the Financial Conduct Authority, in April and May both, banks across Britain paid just over $642.6 million in compensation. This is a significant jump from February, when they paid $625.7 million and in March when the amount as $573.75 million U.S. dollars.
Borrowers bought payment protection insurance (PPI) policies, which were supposed to guarantee that they could pay back loans if they were no longer able to work or became unemployed. That said, the policies were purportedly sold to customers that either would not have been able to avail of the coverage because they were either on benefits or self-employed or people that didn’t want to be covered.