UK complaints data

Our priority is to deliver excellent service every time a customer interacts with us. However, when we do make a mistake, we make every effort to try and rectify it as quickly as possible so that it doesn’t happen again in the future.

Our approach

This site provides an overview of the number of reportable complaints Barclays has received since 2010 and highlights how we are continuing to drive down complaints by improving the overall experience our customers and clients have.

What We Publish

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), requires financial services firms to report on the number of reportable customer complaints they receive every six months.

From 30 June 2016, the FCA introduced changes to what and how firms are required to report complaints:

  • Previously the FCA did not require firms to report complaints that were resolved before close of business on the following day. For example we would not report a complaint received on Tuesday if we agreed a resolution with the customer by the end of Wednesday. Now firms are required to report all complaints, regardless of when they are resolved. This will mean that our complaint volumes will look higher than they did in previous years
  • Previously we were required to report total volumes under each category of complaint.  Now the FCA has asked us to also show these figures in context of the number of accounts. 

We believe that the effect of these changes will increase the visibility of all complaints across the industry, help improve transparency and rebuild trust in financial services firms. The changes will also help customers to compare firms on a more equal basis.

H2 2017 data

H1 2018 data

  • Historic issues

    Over the past few years we have made significant progress in relation to two historic areas of complaints: PPI and Interest Rate Hedging Products (IRHP). Below is an update on each.


    Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) has continued to generate very high volumes of complaints for the whole of the industry, including Barclays, in the last few years. Whilst many customers have benefited from our PPI product range, we stopped selling new PPI policies in 2010 and recognise that genuine PPI complaints are absolutely valid.

    To date, we have proactively contacted over 829,000 customers in relation to a potential PPI mis-sale. Our proactive activity is now drawing to a close.

    Complaints about the misselling of this product, which continue to account for a large proportion of complaints we receive, do not necessarily relate to the way Barclays conducts business today.

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has introduced a deadline for making complaints about the mis-sale of Payment Protection Insurance (PPI). If you want to make a complaint about the way PPI was sold to you, you’ll need to do it before 29 August 2019. It’s easy to do and your complaint won’t change anything to do with your account(s) or your relationship with us. To help you make a complaint or check if you’ve had PPI, we’ve put all the information you need on the Barclays and Barclaycard websites.


    Interest Rate Hedging Products (IHRP) are designed to help business customers manage fluctuations in interest rates. They can be useful for some companies, however, we recognise that we have not met the standards expected of us by our customers or regulator.

    We have undertaken a thorough review of IRHP, and have provided those customers who were affected with their review outcomes and, in many cases, a redress offer. We continue to work closely with these customers to bring their reviews to completion close. We are prioritising the review of sales to small-to-medium enterprise (SME) customers which are in financial difficulty.

  • Glossary

    The following definitions have been used in the assembling of this data.


    Number of Complaints Opened - This includes all complaints received during the reporting period of 1 July to 31st December 2017. 

    Number of Complaints Closed - A complaint is deemed closed once Barclays has sent a final decision letter or the customer has indicated that they accept our response.

    Complaints Closed within Eight Weeks - This includes complaints which were closed within eight weeks of the date of receipt.

    Complaints Upheld by Firm - This includes complaints where Barclays agreed with the customer that their complaint was justified, either in whole or in part. We may have offered redress, where appropriate.

    Categories of Banking Services and Products - The FCA has six Categories of Banking Services and Products which firms are required to report against. Some examples of what is included within each of these categories can be found below:

    • Banking and Credit Cards: Current accounts, savings accounts, cash and debit cards, credit cards;
    • Home Finance: House mortgages, home income plans, home purchase plans;
    • Insurance and Pure Protection: Property insurance, travel insurance, medical insurance, payment protection insurance (PPI);
    • Decumulation and Pensions: Annuities, pension plans. Decumulation describes a process to realise assets (such as shares) into an income stream, often during retirement;
    • Investments: Share dealings, unit trusts, ISAs, derivatives.

    Data included in the above tables refers to complaints both received and closed between 1 July 2017 and 31 December 2017 inclusive.

    Next publication date: H1 2018: by 31 August 2018 for complaints data from 1 January to 30 June 2018.