PPI Claims Still on the Rise [13th Sep 2012]
Claims for compensation relating to the mis-selling of Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) have increased yet again over the first six months of this year according to figures from the Financial Ombudsman. Claims rose to more than 85,000 which represents an increase of 75% on the same six month period in 2011. In contrast to the previous year, most of these claims were made by individuals rather than by claims companies. This appears to refute the suggestions made by banks that claims companies were causing delays to genuine claims. Just five banking groups made up more than 70% of all claims and had more than 8,000 claims each which had been referred to the Ombudsman. In fact the service is seeing as many as 1500 new claims each day and around 3,000 calls to their help lines each day. Of those claims which were dealt with during the first six months of 2012, more than 70% were found in favour of the customer. The Ombudsman highlighted Lloyds bank where 98% of complaints made about them proved to be true.
PPI Scandal: compensation claims up 75% - news.sky.com
PPI complaints hit 1500 a day in first six months of 2012 - www.guardian.co.uk
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said it will reconsider its plans to restrict compensation payments only to those who suffer serious criminal assaults. The government had wanted to save £50 million on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme payments by only offering compensation to seriously injured victims, however this news was met with criticism and was discussed in parliament. At the time the Justice Minister Helen Grant had defended the plans stating that the scheme should focus on those who need the help most. She felt that providing support services for those not seriously injured would be a better use of the money. However the Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins stated that withdrawing compensation went against what the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme stands for. He pointed out that removing the right to compensation indicates that the government does not care about injuries caused by criminal activity. The Tory government was also accused of being out of touch. The MoJ have said they are considering their next steps.
Criminal injury compensation cuts to be reconsidered - www.bbc.co.uk
A man has received £7,000 in compensation after he was assaulted by security staff at Bristol Children's Hospital when he was trying to leave with his child. David Fish was left with bruising after the incident in 2008 and his wife had a black eye. The couple were taking their daughter home after she had been in hospital for an operation following her premature birth. There was a disagreement between two consultants over whether the baby was able to be taken home leading to the security staff stopping the parents from taking their daughter from the hospital. The couple then spent a night in police cells for a public order offence. After this time the couple were only allowed to visit their daughter if they were monitored. Their daughter is now at home and requires special care. The Trust at the hospital were accused of not adequately training security staff.
Compensation for dad after NHS assault claim - ww.thisisbristol.co.uk
Couple who were attacked by hospital security guards win compensation - www.dailymail.co.uk
Three residents of Omagh are to receive £10,000 in compensation from the Department of Environment due to a failure to enforce planning rules at a goldmine near to their homes. The residents complained about heavy trucks travelling to the site and have received an apology from the local planning office. Hundreds of trucks were allowed to travel along a narrow road network during 2008 and 2009 and complaints were made. However it took nearly a year before the complaints were dealt with and the company was told to stop the unlawful removal of rock. The DoE apologised for the failure to take effective and prompt action and that they failed to keep good records. The firm which was responsible for the trucks has said that they were not aware they were breaking any planning rules. They have said that they will donate money to the local school if the compensation recipients would be willing to do the same.
Cavancaw goldmineresident gets £10,000 compensation for breaches - www.bbc.co.uk
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