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Complaints policy

We want to help solve your problems

At Birmingham Midshires, we aim to provide you with the highest standards of service. However, sometimes things can, and do, go wrong and when this happens we encourage customers to tell us about it so we can aim to put things right. Our staff will do all they can to resolve any problems and ensure that you receive a quick and fair response to any complaints you may have.

We have a complaints handling procedure in place. Our procedures meet the standards set by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA have published consumer guidance on how to make a complaint. Copies can be downloaded from the FCA website or you can contact them on 0300 500 5000.

Complaints Data

We are committed to transparency and publish details of the complaints data we last reported to the FCA. View the complaints data for firms associated with Birmingham Midshires.

How to complain

There are four ways to get in touch with us to make a complaint:

  • By phone call us on 0345 602 2828
  • By post write to us at:
    BM Savings Customer Relations Team
    Birmingham Midshires
    Pendeford Business Park
    Wobaston Road
    Wolverhampton
    WV9 5HA
  • By completing our online complaint form
  • By email

    Although we provide you with an e-mail address, you need to be aware that e-mail is not a secure way to get in touch. You might feel more comfortable calling us to discuss your complaint.

    If you decide to e-mail us, do not quote any sensitive account information such as your account numbers, we won't be liable for any lost data you supply. But to help us resolve your complaint as quickly as possible, please include:

    • Your full name
    • First line of your address and postcode
    • The banking product your complaint is about
    • As much information about the complaint as you feel able to give (excluding account numbers and sensitive account information)
    • Any particular actions you should wish us to take to resolve your complaint
    • A contact number and the best times to contact you, as we'll call you once we've received your email.

    Mail us at: onlinecomplaints@birminghammidshires.co.uk

To help us resolve your complaint we may want to phone you so please include a contact number (providing a mobile number where possible) and advise when the most suitable time is for us to telephone you.

If your query is urgent, contact our call centre on 0345 602 2828. We're open Monday to Saturday between 8am and 8pm. We aim to resolve your concerns within 24 hours. Sometimes it may take longer to look into the matter fully. If this happens, we will let you know within five bank working days who will deal with your complaint.

The staff at our call centre are best placed to deal with most complaints as they've day to day responsibility for running our customers' accounts. If they can't resolve your problem immediately, they'll refer your complaint to their manager.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) gives us a maximum number of days to issue a final response;

  • If your complaint relates to payment services or e-money (e.g. Direct Debit, Online Transaction) we aim to issue a final response within 15 business days after receiving your complaint. Should something outside of our control cause a delay, the FCA gives us a maximum of 35 business days.
  • For all other types of complaint the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) gives us eight weeks to issue a final response but we will aim to get your complaint resolved well before this deadline.

Still not happy?

If you still feel we haven't resolved your complaint satisfactorily, you can ask the Financial Ombudsman Service to review it. The Ombudsman will only become involved after you have tried to resolve the issue directly with us first. There's no charge for using their service. You can find out more by visiting the Financial Ombudsman Service website

Please note: You may be able to submit a claim through the European Online Dispute Resolution Platform if you live outside the United Kingdom or if you prefer not to deal directly with the Financial Ombudsman Service.

What to expect from us

When we write to you with our final response, we'll also explain your right to take your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Our letter will include their contact details and give you information about your complaint to help you put your case to the Ombudsman, if that's what you decide.

FSCS – protecting your money. Find out more here.

Gross rate means that we will not deduct tax automatically from your interest. You are responsible for paying any tax due to HM Revenue and Customs.

AER means Annual Equivalent Rate. AER illustrates what your interest rate would be if interest was paid and compounded each year and allows you to easily compare different offers.

Tax free is the contractual rate of interest payable where interest is exempt from income tax.

For telephone line opening times, please read the information in our contact section. Calls may be monitored and recorded for security and training purposes. If you're calling from outside the UK, please dial +441902 428 311.


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Birmingham Midshires is a division of Bank of Scotland plc which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority under registration number 169628. Registered office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ. Registered in Scotland No. SC327000.
To contact the FCA Consumer helpline, please ring 0800 111 6768. Alternatively call the Money Advice Service on 0300 500 5000 or visit www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk.

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