WHAT IS A VULNERABLE CUSTOMER?
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) defines a vulnerable customer as “someone who, due to their personal circumstances, is especially susceptible to detriment, particularly when a firm is not acting with appropriate levels of care.”
The FCA expects firms like coverbaloo to treat customers fairly when we are dealing with people with vulnerable circumstances.
IDENTIFYING A VULNERABLE CUSTOMER
Our staff are trained to identify vulnerable customers so we can take extra steps to assist outside of our standard procedures. However, it is not always possible to recognise these characteristics. Therefore, if you believe you may fit the criteria for a vulnerable customer, please let us know of your particular needs.
We recognise that certain groups of customers may be vulnerable. Whilst not all customers in these groups may be vulnerable, we will consider a customer’s individual circumstances where a potential vulnerability is identified. These groups may include, but are not restricted to:
- customers with communication difficulties (including learning difficulties, English not being their first language, and dyslexia);
- customers with a reduction in physical or mental capacity;
- customers with health issues – illness, whether physical or mental illness, severe or long term;
- a sudden diagnosis of serious illness for the customer or a close family member;
- personal circumstances of the customer – factors such as financial difficulties, bereavement, caring responsibilities, or redundancy; or
- particularly older and younger customers. For example, a younger person may be considered inexperienced and the older person may be less technologically able.
Our policy when dealing with a vulnerable customer:
As soon we think we may be engaging with a vulnerable customer, whether this is through our identification or you notifying us, we will:
- make a record of this and deal sensitively with your needs;
- provide additional opportunities for you to ask questions about the information we have provided;
- continuously seek confirmation that you have understood the information that has been provided;
- ask if there is anybody with you who is able to assist. If not, and we believe this will be beneficial, we will make arrangements to continue with the subject matter at another time; and
- offer you the opportunity to complete the transaction after a period of further consideration.
If we can’t help a customer, we will try and make sure that they understand what alternative options are available to them.
To register as a vulnerable customer, contact us at: