You’re protected, FSCS tells members of credit union in Liverpool

9th August 2012

Help is on the way for 703 members of a Liverpool credit union that went bust today (9 August 2012). The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is stepping in to protect members of the Waltonian Credit Union. The Scheme says members will get their money back within seven days.

Waltonian has about £100,000 of members’ money on deposit. FSCS is working with the credit union to get the information it needs to pay them back quickly. It pays the vast majority of claims within seven days. FSCS will pay any remaining claims which are likely to be more complex, within twenty working days. 

FSCS has paid out credit union members within two days in recent cases. When the Southsea Mortgage and Investment Company Ltd failed, FSCS sent payments the day after it failed.

Members of the Waltonian Credit Union will get compensation of up to £85,000 each. And they won’t have to apply for FSCS protection. Once FSCS has the information it needs about each member’s account, it will send them their payments automatically.

Since 2001, FSCS has paid out more than £26bn and protected more than 4.5m people.