THOUSANDS of customers were unable to access Santander online banking accounts earlier today.
Live outage website DownDetector recorded over 2,200 complaints from customers.
It is believed that issues started at 11am this morning with hundreds of frustrated customers posting on social media.
Santander has over 14.4million customers in the UK.
On customer said: “Problems have existed all morning…would help if you updated your service status.”
Another said: “What’s going on @santanderuk I can’t log on, can’t speak to anyone on the phone, no updates and I have staff wages to pay!”
Customers also complained that customer phone lines and online web chat help services are busy.
The bank acknowledged the issues by posting on social media.
It said: “We are currently experiencing issues with customers logging into Online Banking.
“Our team are working hard to resolve this as soon as possible.
“If you do need to log in, please try again later.”
We are currently experiencing issues with customers logging in to Online Banking. Our team are working hard to resolve this as soon as possible. If you do need to log in, please try again later.
A spokesperson from the bank apologised for the glitch.
They said: “We’re sorry for the difficulties customers experienced earlier today accessing our digital banking services.
“The issues have now been fixed and our services are now working correctly.”
Santander has a dedicated page on its website which shows if any services are affected.
You can also check websites such as Down Detector, which will tell you whether other people are experiencing problems with a particular company online.
Unlike telecoms companies, banks do not have a fixed compensation scheme for service disruption, although depending on how much it has affected you, you may be entitled to some money back.
It is worth gathering evidence of your problems so you can make a formal complaint to Santander directly.
Try to make a note of when you were unable to access the website or app, plus any costs you incurred as a result.
If your credit rating has been affected by a service outage, because you got a late payment fee after being unable to make a transaction, for example, you should also keep a record of this.
If you spoke to anyone to try and resolve the problem, make a note of their name and when you spoke to them, as well as roughly what you discussed and what they advised you to do.
You can find out more details about how to complain to Santander on its website.
If you’re unhappy with how the bank dealt with your problem, you can contact the free Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).
It is an independent body which will look at the evidence you present, and make a fair decision about the action a bank should take.
The FOS can usually get involved 15 days after you’ve raised concerns with the bank.
In the case of an IT system outage at a bank, the FOS says any compensation depends on your circumstances and whether you lost out as a result.
If it thinks you did, then it has the power to tell the bank to reimburse any fees, charges or fines you were hit with, for example if you were unable to make a payment for a credit card bill or to your mortgage provider.
It could also tell a bank to pay you for any money you didn’t receive, such as interest, if you weren’t able to pay money in.
If your credit score was affected, it may tell the bank to correct your credit file.
The FOS might also tell the bank to reimburse you for any extra costs you had to make, such as phone calls or trips to your local branch, as well as a payment for any inconvenience it caused.