Frequently asked questions
What is PPI?
What is PPI?
PPI stands for Payment Protection Insurance and was an insurance policy setup to cover the policyholder in the event of accident, sickness or unemployment. The insurance policy would cover the minimum payment if they were unable to repay the lender.
How do I know if I had PPI?
PPI was sold alongside credit cards, store cards, mortgages, loans, car finance and bank overdrafts but was not always clearly laid out to the customer. You may see references to PPI on old statements for these types of account, but if you don’t we will still look into it for you. More than 90% of our successful clients were unsure if they had PPI when they started their checks with us.*
*as at Decemeber 2016
We say, why not?
Peace of mind is priceless and we can help you achieve it with our professional checking service that will keep you updated throughout the process. Remember we don’t need always need account numbers to get started and if we find that you were never mis-sold PPI then we don’t charge you a fee.
What if I’m not made an offer for my claim?
Why use The Fair Trade Practice?
We are proud to be an ethical claims management company with 98% of our customers being recommended to us* so we do not need to cold call or advertise. Our friendly and helpful staff guide you through the process from start to finish and the average amount received by our successful clients is more than £3,400*.
*As at December 2016
Will looking into my finances affect my relationship with my bank?
Not at all. You are protected by the Financial Conduct Authority’s ‘Treating Customers Fairly’ initiative, which protects your rights. This therefore prevents your relationship with your bank being affected by checking for PPI.
Will this harm my credit?
Investigating a PPI claim does not affect your credit rating or credit limit. Providers will not add the details of your claim, or any compensation you receive, to your credit record.
What if I’m in arrears?
You can still check for PPI if you’ve had late payments or arrears in the past, but any compensation you receive will first be used to clear the outstanding debt. Any remaining amount after this will be paid to you directly or credited to your account. In these circumstances our fee still applies.
Starting a claim
Which lenders can I claim from?
We have won compensation back for our clients from more than 50 different lenders, including Lloyds, Barclays, RBS, Santander and HSBC. Click here to see the full list of lenders.
What will I need to provide to make a claim?
Please ensure you pass on to us all the documents you have, to the best of your knowledge, relating to your case as the more information we have the easier it will be to progress your claims. The exact details required will vary depending on your lender, but your claims handler will explain this to you when you speak on the phone.
Is it complicated?
We’re here to make the process as simple as possible for you. We will submit the complaints on your behalf, communicate with lenders directly and ensure the final decision you receive is fair. To ensure you are always up to date with the status of your claims you can sign up for our online personal claims management tool Update+ which provides you with 24/7 access to your claims.
How long will my investigation take?
Every claim is different, so unfortunately we cannot tell exactly how long a claim will take from starting your investigation to receiving a final decision. Our friendly staff will keep you up to date throughout the process though and you also have 24/7 access to our online personal claims management tool Update+. If you do receive an offer, on average lenders release the payment to the customer up to 28 days after the date of offer acceptance, although in some exceptional circumstances this may take longer.
What if I’m no longer in contact with a joint account holder?
We can still pursue your claims however this would be on a case-by-case basis as lenders do not have to agree to pursue these cases without other signatories. Also please note that in some joint claims you may not receive the full amount of any resulting compensation, and our fee will be charged at our normal rate based on the amount you receive.
How do I apply?
There are several ways to start your check with us:
- Click here to fill out a quick form and we will get in contact with you once we’ve received it.
- Call our UK-based team on 01489 660 300.
- E-mail our customer services team on email@example.com.
- If you’ve already been recommended by a friend or family member we will be in touch with you directly using the details they have provided.
How do I fill out the pack?
On the inside page you will find a step-by-step guide on how to complete and return your pack. Please follow steps 1-5 and if you have any problems please call us on 01489 660 300.
What should I do if I don’t have the account numbers?
The more you can remember the easier it will be to start your check, so please provide as many details as you can. If, however, you cannot provide these we will try and get what we need from the lender directly. In instances where this is not possible you will be made aware and we will discuss the next stages with you.
What is an Instruction Authority or LOA?
LOA stands for Letter of Authority and like an Instruction Authority provides us with your consent to progress your claims on your behalf.
Returning the pack
Where do I send my pack?
Please return your claims pack in the pre-paid envelope provided. This will be posted to our office at 3 Whittle Avenue, Fareham, PO15 5SH.
What happens after I return my pack?
Once we’ve received your completed pack we can begin our investigation. If we need any further documentation or details we will be in touch.
Whilst the investigation is underway
What kind of evidence do you need for proof of name or address?
Proof can come in many forms. To prove your current address you can use:
- a utility bill from the past three months
- a council tax bill from the past three months
- a statement from the past three months
- driving licence (photocard only)
Please be aware some lenders require original copies of these documents, but we will inform you when this is the case.
If you have moved house but failed to up date your bank your lender may require you to fill in their own change of address form. If this is necessary we will send it to you.
Proof of name can be in the form of:
- driving licence (photocard only)
- marriage certificate
- deed poll
Although original copies of these documents will not be required, some lenders will only accept certified copies, and again we will inform you when this is the case.
What kind of evidence do you need for proof of account or proof of PPI?
Why are you asking for proof of PPI?
Sometimes during the information gathering process lenders are unable to determine whether PPI was attached or not, so in order to pursue the complaint we must offer proof of this. For types of evidence we require for proof of PPI see Types of Proof above.
What is a certified copy?
A certified copy of a document is a version of a primary document that has been verified as a true copy by a professional or well-respected person. As a general rule this can be done at the Post Office, however if this is not possible then please call us on 01489 660 300 for alternative options.
Why am I being asked for account numbers?
We will always try to retrieve missing account numbers if you are unable to find them. If we do request account numbers from you it will be because the lender was unable to locate them during our preliminary investigations and they have told us they need this information to proceed any further.
Why am I being asked to sign another LOA?
- If the original LOA was filled out incorrectly
- If the original LOA was incomplete
- If the original LOA has expired
- If the lender requires a wet signature
- If the complaint is directed to a third party
How can I keep updated on my claims?
We will keep you updated throughout the process via phone, text and monthly status update e-mails depending upon your communication preferences. Customers can also register for our online personal claims management tool Update+ which provides you with 24/7 access to your claims.
How do I register for Update+?
Registration for Update+ is easy. On receipt of your claims pack we will send you an email with your own unique sign up link. If you have misplaced this email or have forgotten how to login, please call us on 01489 660280 and we’ll be happy to help.
What is a PPIQ?
PPIQ stands for Payment Protection Insurance Questionnaire. It is the written record of the discussion you have with your claims handler to establish the grounds for mis-selling PPI.
Do I have to speak directly to the lender?
It is only in very rare circumstances that we will ask you to contact a lender directly, and only when we have no alternative. If you are asked to contact your lender please contact us first so we can ensure you are fully prepared before speaking to them. Some lenders have been known to contact customers directly, however you are not obliged to speak to them and we would recommend you refer them back to us.
What is a cold claim?
Claims are marked as ‘cold’ when we have been requesting additional information for a certain period of time but it has not been provided. It does not mean your complaint is closed, just suspended. During this time we will focus our efforts on any other claims you have ongoing until you provide the requested information or inform us you can’t.
Getting a decision
What if I’m not made an offer?
How will I know if I’ve had an offer?
If you receive an offer of compensation you will be informed by your claims handler, who will call you to discuss any amount offered. They will confirm whether or not the amount is fair and run through the breakdown of your compensation with you, so you can make an informed decision on whether or not to accept the offer.
For some lenders you will need to sign an acceptance form. Your claims handler will make you aware of this if required. Please ensure this is returned to us swiftly so we can forward it on to the lender; once received they will issue your refund.
Why has my claim been closed?
Every case is different. If your case is closed we will send you an update which will explain in greater detail. If you are still unsure why your case has been closed you can find more information on Update+ or by calling us on 01489 660 300.
When will I receive my compensation?
On average lenders release the payment to the customer up to 28 days after the date of offer acceptance, although in some exceptional circumstances this may take longer.
Appealing a rejection
What happens if the lender says no?
If your lender feels that PPI was not mis-sold and declines your reasons for complaint, it is not necessarily the end of the process. Our specialist in-house team will assess each claim and decide whether there are grounds to refer the case to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). FOS has the power to overturn the lender’s decision and do so in 70% of cases.
Who are FOS & FSCS?
How long do FOS & FSCS cases take?
As a national body FOS deal with an extremely high number of cases. Each referred case is assessed independently. The time it takes for them to reach a decision depends on the complexity of each case; presently this takes an average of 24 months. Due to the nature of these cases, updates may be received less frequently compared to standard complaints. Likewise FSCS are also a national body who deal with complex cases that include factors outside of their control. With this being the case they do not impose a timescale as each claim is with on a case-by-case basis.
Invoicing & fees
How much do you charge?
Our fee is 25% + VAT of the gross financial award paid to you by the lender.
The law requires lenders to deduct income tax from any interest awarded to most consumers, which is the other deduction you may see on the offer breakdown from your lender. Our fee is based on the full amount of compensation before income tax.
If you are in arrears then your compensation will first be put towards paying these off, however our fee will apply as above.
Should your full compensation amount go towards paying your arrears then our fee will still apply and you will need to pay us from your own funds.
If you decide to cancel for any reason after the 14-day cooling off period we may charge you a reasonable fee to reflect the work we have done on your behalf as per our Terms & Conditions.
Why do I pay tax on my compensation?
We are required to pass on the VAT we collect as a registered company (VAT no. 996428852) by the government and therefore this is not something we benefit from. The law requires lenders to deduct income tax from most consumers, which is the other deduction you will see on your invoice.
How quickly do I have to pay you?
Our fee is due within 14 days of the day you receive payment from your lender. We stipulate 14 days to allow time for the cheque to clear, should you receive your payment in this way.
If you choose to you can pay before you have received your payment if you wish.
If the lender is late in releasing your compensation and our invoice date is premature, please get in touch and we will adjust the system accordingly.
How do I pay?
- The easiest and fastest way to make a payment is via our website. To make a payment visit www.thefairtradepractice.co.uk/make-a-payment
- Pay directly into our bank account s/c 40-21-03, Account 12025973 using your case ID as a payment reference
- Make a debit card or credit card* payment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone our offices on 01489 660 270 and speak to a member of our team who will be happy to take the payment from you.
- Post a cheque made payable to The Fair Trade Practice and send to 3 Whittle Avenue, Fareham, PO15 5SH
* Please note that a 2.5% handling charge will apply with credit cards
Recommend a Friend
Why should I recommend a friend?
By continuing to talk to your friends and family about the importance of checking their finances, they could receive compensation they didn’t even know they were owed. It’s free to check*, so what do your friends and family have to lose? Remember we’ll give you a £20 voucher for every person you recommend with bonus £50 voucher for every 5th person up to a maximum of 25. For more details on how recommending works click here.
How do I recommend a friend?
Tell your friends and family about your experience with us, then you must make sure you obtain their permission for their details to be passed on to us. Simply send their name and contact number via any of these methods, and don’t forget to include your reference number:
What type of vouchers can I earn?
We have three types of voucher for you to choose from, Marks & Spencer or Compliments vouchers and Amazon eVouchers for customers registered for Update+.
Is there a limit to how many vouchers I can earn?
Yes, you can recommend up to a maximum of 25 people. Full Terms and Conditions for the Recommend a Friend scheme can be found here.
Where can I spend my Compliments vouchers?
Compliments vouchers can be spent at over 130 high street stores, including Argos and John Lewis. For the full list of retailers and more information click here.
How do I get my Amazon eVouchers?
Amazon eVouchers are only available via Update+. To access these simply log on, click the ‘My Vouchers’ icon and navigate to the vouchers section. To get your code click the ‘Get Code’ button next to the name of the person you have referred. Your code will appear on the screen with a link to Amazon.co.uk below. In order to credit your voucher copy the code electronically or note it down and click the Amazon link. If you are not logged in to Amazon, you will be asked to do so. Once logged in you will arrive at the page where you need to copy and paste the code and add it to your account.
Amazon eVouchers do not expire for 10 years and the £20 will sit in your account until you are ready to spend it. If you are yet to register for Update+ see the “How do I register for Update+” question above.
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