Doom and gloom for British banks

Some companies have claimed the rising fees required to service the product after interest rates fell in 2008 have forced them out of business.

The City watchdog is expected to confirm that banks are writing to customers who have taken an Irsa and an independent assessor will look at the most complicated cases and determine whether compensation should be paid.

The claims echo the payment protection insurance (PPI) scandal that emerged last year, costing banks billions of pounds, and come in the week Barclays was fined £290 million for manipulating interest rates.