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PIMFA calls for FSCS review following further interim levy announcement

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PIMFA, the trade association for investment managers and financial advisers, has called for an urgent review of the financial services compensation scheme (FSCS) following yet another announcement of an interim levy that the industry will be expected to pay.

This GBP69 million levy is partly due to higher than expected pension transfer related claims. This will be in addition to its previous announcement in May 2018 of increased costs of GBP407 million above its previous forecast of GBP336 million.
 
PIMFA is deeply concerned that the reason for these claims is not being tackled. It is not clear if the FSCS follows through on getting money it pays out back from PI providers, who covered the firms who ceased to trade, which caused claims to end up with the FSCS.
 
PIMFA also believes it is creating an untenable position for firms, where they are unable to effectively plan and budget for their future.
 
Liz Field, CEO of PIMFA, says: “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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