If the FSCS determines that compensation is payable, it must pay it to the claimant, or as directed by the claimant, unless:
the trustee of an occupational pension scheme; or
both (1) and (2);
and not to the claimant, unless exceptional circumstances apply.
If the FSCS is satisfied that in principle compensation is payable in connection with any protected claim, but considers that immediate payment in full would not be prudent because of uncertainty as to the amount of the claimant's overall net claim, it may decide to pay an appropriate lesser sum in final settlement, or to make payment on account.1
1COMP 11.2.4 R applies to compensation payable in connection with any protected claim. It would, for example, apply to the situation where the FSCS considers it imprudent to make a payment in full because of uncertainty as to the value a court might attribute to a bonus provided for under a long-term insurance contract. In such circumstances the FSCS may make payment of compensation on account to the policyholder in respect of benefits under the contract the value of which is not uncertain.
The FSCS may pay interest on the compensation sum in such circumstances as it considers appropriate.