We were set up mainly to assist private individuals, although smaller businesses are also covered. Larger businesses are generally excluded, although there are some exceptions to this for deposit and insurance claims.
The FSCS protects the following:
As a fund of last resort there are limits to what the FSCS can do and to the amounts of compensation we can pay.
If you have a successful claim, FSCS will pay compensation up to the limit that applies. When you accept this payment, you transfer your legal rights against the firm and any other relevant party to FSCS. We explain this as part of the application process. This means you can no longer claim against the firm or any other relevant party. FSCS will pursue recoveries against them. Depending on the circumstances of your case, if we make any recoveries we may be able to pay some of these recoveries to you. FSCS makes recoveries for the benefit of its levypayers or compensated claimants. But if your claim is rejected, you are free to pursue the firm or any third party yourself - FSCS will not do so on your behalf.
The Financial Conduct Authority website includes a searchable database of all firms authorised and regulated by the FCA and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).