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Money Alert: Card Protection Plan compensation

Keep an eye on your post as you could be in line for a compensation payout. Claims forms are being sent this month to people who paid out for plastic card or identity protection offered by Card Protection Plan. It was normally sold through banks and credit card companies and CPP was fined £10.5m for mis-selling policies to 1.3 million people.

The first compensation payments are expected to be made from the end of next month and the total redress bill will be around £1.3bn.

How much compensation you will get will depend on how long you had the cover. Card protection cost about £30 a year, while identity protection cost about £80 a year. The compensation covers insurance sold since January 2005 so the total amount repaid could be up to hundreds of pounds, although the average is likely to be £100.

Claims forms are sent in February but must be returned by the end of August. If you think that you're a victim and have not been contacted by the end of February, call a dedicated customer helpline on 0800 083 4393.