Bully-Banks' Brolly-Day Assembly outside the Houses of Parliament as small businesses and their MPs urge the Treasury and the FCA to make the banks pay proper and prompt redress to small businesses mis-sold IRSAs. (Photo: IBTimes UK)
Bully-Banks\' Brolly-Day Assembly outside the Houses of Parliament as small businesses and their MPs urge the Treasury and the FCA to make the banks pay proper and prompt redress to small businesses mis-sold IRSAs. (Photo: IBTimes UK)

Banks mis-selling derivatives to Britain's small-to-medium enterprises has cost the economy £1.7bn in lost revenues to the Treasury, as well as, 400,000 jobs.

According to a study by influential lobby group Bully-Banks, the banks which have been found to have mis-sold interest rate swap agreements (IRSAs) have had such a detrimental impact on the SME community that it has led to nearly half a billion in job losses around the UK.

Bully-Banks' protest outside Houses of Parliament over the mis-selling of derivatives by HSBC, Barclays, RBS and Lloyds (Photo: IBTimes UK)
Bully-Banks\' protest outside Houses of Parliament over the mis-selling of derivatives by HSBC, Barclays, RBS and Lloyds (Photo: IBTimes UK)

The report revealed that the typical SME member of the lobby group has laid-off more than five employees as a result of the scandal. Nearly seven out of ten SME members would have created a further 12 jobs each had they not been burdened with the extra costs of their IRSA.

Speaking to IBTimes TV, Bully-Banks' founder Jeremy Roe revealed how the lack of redress and deluge of problems arising from the Financial Conduct Authority review with the banks has led the lobby group to protest in front of the Houses of Parliament to urge the Treasury and the regulator to make the banks pay proper and prompt redress to small businesses mis-sold IRSAs.

Roe says there are also a number of key concerns that need to be addressed.

For the full interview, check out IBTimes TV or the video on the top right hand side of this page.

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