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"I like surface noise. Life has surface noise." That's what John Peel said when he was asked why he preferred vinyl to CDs. This blog is about the surface noise of life as heard by one who listens.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Banks Get Slammed for Over-Charging

Just heard today that the OFT has criticized excessive charges imposed by credit card companies on their customers. About time too, OFT.

"Last summer, the OFT said that it had written to eight companies - including Barclaycard, HSBC, Halifax and Lloyds TSB - warning it believed their charges were ' excessive'. But the ruling, which is expected in the next few weeks, will affect all credit card companies, not only those involved in the investigation.

The OFT said the fees, which have helped plunge millions of families into debt, are ' disproportionately high'. The late payment charge, also known as a 'default charge', could be cut to £15 and possibly even lower. Most banks currently charge £20."

Well I know banks that charge £25 to £35, which is outright robbery. If you dare to challenge them, they say "Our charges reflect the costs involved", which we (and they) know is utter BS. They are making a good part of their obscene profits from these charges and now they have been found out.

If you have any of these ridicuous charges on your bank statement, telephone your bank and remind them of the OFT's judgement, asking them to remove the charges immediately.


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