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Press Release: FSCS forecast of £1bn compensation bill shows regulation failing consumers and firms

Published: Jan 2021

22nd January 2021 – PIMFA, the trade association for the weatlh management and financial advice industry, today has reacted with disbelief at the FSCS compensation forecast, that in any other industry would be considered a natioanl scandal. Reform is urgently needed.

Newspaper press release

Tim Fassam, Director of Government Realtions and Policy at PIMFA comments: “In any other sector, a forecast for compensation of over £1bn would be the focus of national scandal – £1bn of compensation represents £1bn worth of financial loss, emotional stress and economic hardship for thousands of UK consumers.

“We cannot continue to normalize this level of loss, accepting that the compensation scheme will hopefully pick things up on the other side, every single person who has had to claim on the FSCS has received a poor outcome that it would be better to avoid. This is a further sign that the cost of compensation is truly out of control.

“This cost is a symptom of a system that fails both customers and the industry. Reform is now urgent but will take time. HM Treasury must find other sources of revenue to cover these extreme costs. The fairest source are FCA levies, which ensures polluters pay and it remains an industry funded regime.

“We have put forward a number of recommendations to the government and the regulator, which we think will reduce the bill over time but crucially ensure that firms do not fail in the first place. We want to work collaboratively to ensure that these continued rises in compensation claims are brought to an end.’

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