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Lloyds sets aside £1.4bn more for PPI scandal payouts

State-backed Lloyds Banking Group has set aside a further £1.4 billion to take its bill for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) to £13.4 billion.

Despite announcing a 38% rise in pre-tax profits for the first half of the year, Lloyds said it was "disappointed" to confirm the extra PPI scandal provision.

The Treasury's stake in Lloyds, which was rescued by the taxpayer at the height of the financial crisis, has shrunk to less than 15% in recent months. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Pre-tax profits rose for the first half of 2015 to £1.19 billion, providing a 0.75p dividend for shareholders that amounts to £535 million.

Today's results demonstrate the strong progress we have made in the first half of the year.

We are disappointed to announce further provisions today, but we do so from a position of financial and capital strength.

– Chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio

Lloyds Bank to cut around 635 jobs

Lloyds Bank is to cut around 635 jobs Credit: PA

Lloyds Bank is to cut around 635 jobs in its retail and other divisions.

The cuts, part of reductions announced last October, will hit retail, commercial banking, consumer finance human resources and group operations, with 65 new roles being created.

Lloyds said compulsory redundancies would be a "last resort", but the Unite union said staff who had worked for the company's success had received "all the pain and little of the profits".

Lloyds Banking Group is committed to working through these changes with employees in a careful and sensitive way.

Where it is necessary for employees to leave the company, it will look to achieve this by offering voluntary redundancy. Compulsory redundancies will always be a last resort.

– Lloyds Banking Group statement

Lloyds fined £117m over handling of PPI complaints

Lloyds Banking Group has been fined £117 million Credit: PA

State-backed Lloyds Banking Group has reached a £117 million settlement with the Financial Conduct Authority over the way it handled complaints about payment protection insurance (PPI).

Lloyds apologised to customers affected and said £2.65 million worth of bonuses was being withheld from executives.

The group, which remains nearly 19% owned by the taxpayer after being rescued during the financial crisis, has already set aside £12 billion to cover the cost of compensating those mis-sold PPI.

The penalty to the FCA relates to the handling of complaints over the scandal during the period of March 2012 to May 2013.

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Treasury nets £500 million in latest Lloyds share sale

Lloyds share sale nets Treasury another £500 million Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

The government has sold another £500m of Lloyds Banking Group shares, bringing its overall stake in the bank down to 23%, from 40% in 2009.

Together with the recent dividends payment it brings the total amount recovered for the taxpayer from Lloyds to approximately £8.5bn.

£11.5m bonus for Lloyds Banking Group boss

Lloyds Banking Group boss Antonio Horta-Osorio received a £11.5 million bonus for 2014, the bank has confirmed.

Lloyds Banking Group boss Antonio Horta-Osorio Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive

His bonus included more than £7 million from a long-term share-based plan linked to the bank's performance for the three years since 2012.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills has tweeted the breakdown of bonuses awarded to the bank's executives:

Overall, the bank's annual bonus pool was £369.5 million, 3.6% less than the previous year.

Osborne hails Lloyds profits as 'major milestone'

Chancellor George Osborne has hailed the announcement of £1.8bn profits at Lloyds Banking Group as a "major milestone in the recovery of the British economy", ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills has reported.

Lloyds also confirmed money has been set aside to cover the continuing fallout from the PPI scandal.

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