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A recent investigation into financial services mis-selling has led to a highly critical report produced by MPs.

 

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has challenged the Treasury, the Financial Ombudsman and the Financial Conduct Authority to do more to protect customers as too little has been done to tackle the cultural problems behind mis-selling.

 

More than 12 million banking customers were mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) and firms have paid £22 billion in compensation since April 2011 but there are substantial and continuing risks that financial services will be mis-sold.

 

Even though it is "straightforward and free" for affected customers to claim compensation through the Financial Services Ombudsman, claims management companies have made around £5 billion taking 80% of their cases to the Ombudsman.

 

Committee member and Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said today: “This is money that should be going straight to the customers who were victims of mis-selling. Instead, their situation has been turned into a profit-making exercise by claims management companies, often deploying unscrupulous tactics. We have experienced this before when local law firms ripped off miners and their families of their industrial injuries compensation.

 

The regulators and the Treasury have been far too timid in tackling this issue. They must do more to make sure that our constituents, who were mis-sold PPI in the first place, are not exploited further by these companies.”

Action needed to protect taxpayers from financial services mis-selling

A recent investigation into financial services mis-selling has led to a highly critical report produced by MPs.   Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has challenged the Treasury, the Financial Ombudsman and...

A committee of MPs has published a report today raising serious concerns over the Government’s Right to Buy policy.rtb.JPG

 

The government plans to give 1.3 million tenants of housing associations the chance to buy their home at the discounted ‘Right to Buy’ levels.

 

However the Public Accounts Committee, on which Don Valley MP Caroline Flint sits, argues that “many key policy details have not been clarified”. It points to uncertainty around how the project will be funded, plans to replace sold-off social housing and warns against abuse of the scheme.

 

Caroline Flint, also a former Housing minister under the last Labour government, said today: “The Government have failed to provide basic information about how they will pay for this, and how they will maintain the housing stock for those who can’t afford, or choose not to, buy their houses.

 

“For the families in my constituency who live in social rented housing and others who are on the waiting list, I am not convinced that the Government have thought enough about how this policy will affect them.

 

The Government claim these plans will be cost-neutral but there is a real risk that it will be our local authorities who end up footing the bill.

 

The Government’s current plan is shoddy. As it currently stands, it should not go ahead.”

 

The Committee’s report raises concerns about “both the potential impacts of the policy on a large number of individuals, and the significant amount of public money likely to be involved”. It calls on the Department for Communities and Local Government to publish a full impact assessment of the policy in line with established Treasury guidance by the autumn.

 

Although the Government has committed to replace homes sold under the policy on at least a one-for-one basis, the report states that this “will not ensure that these will be like-for-like replacements”; new homes “can be a different size and in a different area, and may cost more to rent”.

 

Said Caroline: “It’s no help to Don Valley residents if a decent family home in Dunscroft or Conisbrough is replaced with a newly-built small flat in Askern or Toll Bar.  The Government needs to rethink this sooner rather than later.”

Caroline Flint challenges government on plans to extend right to buy

A committee of MPs has published a report today raising serious concerns over the Government’s Right to Buy policy.   The government plans to give 1.3 million tenants of housing...

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Caroline Flint has joined Conisbrough & Denaby Main councillors Nigel Ball and Sandra Holland for the official opening of a new training academy in Denaby Main.

Apprenticeships top 100 at new training academy

Caroline Flint has joined Conisbrough & Denaby Main councillors Nigel Ball and Sandra Holland for the official opening of a new training academy in Denaby Main. Read more

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Commenting after the Hillsborough Jury verdict, Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said:

“After a two year Inquest and a 27 year wait, today has provided some justice for the 96 who died, 730 who were injured and their families, during this disastrous event.

“The jury have issued a clear decision that there were clear errors by the police, in the plan for managing the crowd, on the day of the match, in the control box, and including the actions of the Commanding Officers.

“To add to their grief families who saw loved ones leave to enjoy a day of football suffered too from blame for the tragedy being attached to Liverpool fans.

“I hope the Inquest verdict that fans were not to blame for what happened that day provides some relief and vindication for the families of those who died and the survivors in their long pursuit of justice.”

The Inquest also determined that Sheffield Wednesday Club were culpable for the poor certification after the Leppings Lane end had been modified; and over the way turnstiles were organised.  The jury also determined that ambulance service errors also contributed to the deaths.

On 15 April 1989, at the start of an FA Cup Semi-final, the 96 Liverpool fans were killed as the police gave permission to open Gate C at the Leppings Lane end of the Sheffield Wednesday Ground, to reduce the crowds outside the ground.  This resulted in 2,000 Liverpool fans flooding into a tunnel, directly into Pens 3 and 4 in the centre of the stand.  Barrier gave way and many people fell in the crush.

 

UPDATE

Caroline spoke on the verdict in the Commons. View her speech here

Hillsborough - relief and vindication for families says Caroline Flint

Commenting after the Hillsborough Jury verdict, Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said: “After a two year Inquest and a 27 year wait, today has provided some justice for the 96...

Statement from Doncaster's Labour MP's, Ed Milliband, Rosie Winterton and Caroline flint and Mayor Ros Jones.junior_docs_1.JPG

Junior Doctors- Government Must Start Talking

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Caroline Flint visited one of Doncaster’s most successful exporters this week, when she met staff World Feeds in fish_2.JPGThorne.

Fish Food Makes Waves Worldwide

Caroline Flint visited one of Doncaster’s most successful exporters this week, when she met staff World Feeds in Thorne. Read more

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has raised concerns about the over-use of consultants and temporary staff across Whitehall departments.

MP questions Government spending on temporary staff

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has raised concerns about the over-use of consultants and temporary staff across Whitehall departments. Read more

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has welcomed progress at HMP Hatfield, Doncaster’s open prison, after visiting the prison.JPGHatfield Lakes prison site this week.

MP welcomes prison getting inmates ready for work

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has welcomed progress at HMP Hatfield, Doncaster’s open prison, after visiting the Hatfield Lakes prison site this week. Read more

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Said Caroline: Happy Birthday to her Majesty and to all the other amazing women celebrating their 90th. You're all Queens today!

 

 

Sign the Queen’s Birthday Book

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