The Central Bank of Ireland is investigating the impact of a number of problems that arose from the PPI mis-selling fiasco. They believe that the compensatory rates many banks created were largely responsible for the problem. The central bank wants to confirm its suspicions so that it can take appropriate action.
The banks are facing significant penalties for the PPI mis-selling campaign. They have already been forced to repay €64 million and are expected to pay even more in the near future.
The Central Bank of Ireland stated that many banks are paying back PPI to varying degrees. They want to know why banks are paying it back with different interest rates.
The PPI refund process states that all banks must pay interest to customers that were mis-sold PPI. The central bank set a minimum interest rate that all banks need to pay on PPI claims, but they were otherwise given discretion to set rates as they saw fit.
Many people felt that this wasn’t a fair system. They said that it wasn’t fair that two different customers could be mis-sold very similar payment protection insurance policies from their banks and be repaid with different interest rates. The central bank wants to investigate and force banks to pay more uniform interest rates to their customers.
A number of experts feel that the central bank should adopt the same system used in the United Kingdom. The Financial Ombudsman Service said that all banks must repay PPI claims with an 8% interest rate. The FOS made it very clear what terms the banks would need to follow as well.
This policy should be enacted as soon as possible. The central bank expects many more banks will need to pay compensation for tens of thousands of additional PPI claims in the very near future. They want to make sure that the system is fairly structured before the new claims are processed.
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