Bringing a complaint to us is straightforward and won't cost you anything. 

This page explains how you can make a complaint about a financial business, and gives an outline of our process.

For most complaints about a financial business, please see the timeline below to find out how to complain. If you want to make a complaint about a claims management company (CMC), head to the Claims Management Ombudsman website for more information.

If you’re a small business and have a complaint to make about a financial service provider, please see our Financial Ombudsman Service for Small Businesses website to find out how we can help. 


Talk to the financial business first

You should give the financial business you’re unhappy with a chance to sort things out before bringing your complaint to us.

Let them know what the problem is, and how you’d like them to put things right. If you’re not sure how to do this, contact us and we can help. The business needs to give you their final response within eight weeks at the most, depending on what you’re complaining about.


If you’re still not happy, bring your complaint to us

If you’re not happy with the response you get from the business – or they don’t get back to you – you can ask us to get involved.

You need to get in touch with us within six months of receiving the business’s final response to your complaint (though there are some exceptions to this rule – find out more about time limits affecting your complaint).

When you get in touch, we’ll need to know:

  • some basic information, including your name and address
  • what the problem is, and how you want things put right
  • details such as the policy number or account number that your complaint relates to

If you want us to talk to a member of your family or a friend – or someone else who’s helping you, such as Citizens Advice – we’ll be happy to do that.


We’ll look into your complaint

Once we’ve checked your complaint is something we can help with, we’ll start to investigate.

When we look into your complaint we will:

  • ask the business for their side of the story
  • weigh up the facts of what’s happened, fairly and impartially

Find out more about how long it can take.


We’ll let you know what we think

Once weve got all the information we need, we'll let you know what we think.

If we think there’s just been a misunderstanding – or you haven’t lost out financially – we’ll explain why. But if we decide you’ve been treated unfairly, we’ll tell the business to put things right. We’re able to resolve most complaints this way.


If you want to take things further

If you or the business disagree with our initial assessment of your complaint, you (or the business) can ask for a final decision from one of our ombudsmen.

Our ombudsmen will look at things afresh, and have the power to make legally binding final decisions. If you reject the ombudsman's final decision, we can’t take your complaint further – but you can still go to court instead.


Putting things right

If we decide the business has done something wrong, we’ll ask them to put things right.

We can do that in a number of ways – including paying you compensation.

Make a complaint

  • Call our helpline

    Our phones lines are open between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. At times, you might need to wait to speak to someone. 

    0800 023 4567

    Call us

  • Make a complaint online

    You can make a complaint using one of our online complaint forms, including complaints about financial businesses, complaints about PPI or packaged back accounts. 

    Complain online

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Make a general enquiry

Find out more about contacting us, if you have an enquiry about an ongoing complaint. 

Find out our contact details 

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What to expect

What to expect when youve brought your case to us.

Find out more