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Trade body demands FSCS review following £69m levy

Rozi Jones
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29th November 2018
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"Unexpected levy increases of this magnitude cannot be part of a long term sustainable funding option for the FSCS. "

Trade association PIMFA is calling for an "urgent review" of the FSCS following yesterday's announcement of a £69 interim levy for life and pensions advisers.

The levy is partly due to higher than expected pension transfer related claims and is in addition to its previous announcement in May of increased costs of £407 million above its previous forecast of £336 million.

PIMFA says it is "deeply concerned" that the reasons for these claims are not being tackled.

The trade body says that these levies are "creating an untenable position for firms, where they are unable to effectively plan and budget for their future".

Liz Field, CEO of PIMFA, said: “Unexpected levy increases of this magnitude cannot be part of a long term sustainable funding option for the FSCS. Member firms need to be able to plan their own finances and be confident that the relevant regulator is taking pro-active steps to address the root causes of increased FSCS claims not just the symptoms. We know the levy is complicated, but the industry needs to work with FSCS on a model that works for firms.

Our Member firms fund the FSCS through their levy and should reasonably have confidence that the burden of costs from claims settled by the FSCS, whether they relate to defaulting firms or unsuitable advice, are recouped from the PI with the funds recouped used to reduce the financial burden increasing FSCS levies place on member firms. We need this situation clarified.”

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