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MMR: CML supports FSA proposal

The Council of Mortgage Lenders welcomes and broadly supports the proposed reforms published in the Mortgage Market Review consultation paper CP 11/31 published by the Financial Services Authority, it announced today.

Yuan Phoon, 19 December, 2011

The CML had previously been extremely concerned that the FSA's earlier proposals in CP 10/16 would have had a disproportionate and detrimental effect on consumers in the mortgage market, as well as on lenders.

The trade body acknowledged that the FSA had listened to those concerns and had now refined a far more workable and appropriate set of measures.

The measures will enable consumers to get mortgages suitable for their needs, within a regulatory approach which provides sensible safeguards.

The CML also said that while there were bound to be specific aspects of the consultation that would require a detailed industry response, it was pleased that the FSA had recognised both the principle and practical difficulties that would have arisen from the earlier proposed package of measures.

Paul Smee, director general of the CML, said: "Lending needs to be responsible and done in a way which protects consumers. Rules need to be practical and avoid unintended consequences.

"Whilst there is much detail to be pored over, the FSA's new proposals seem to strike broadly the right balance.

"If lenders are to make their contribution to improving the supply of housing and to the wider agenda for economic growth, then they need a regulatory framework which also supports that objective.

"We look forward to working with the regulator to iron out any remaining wrinkles and to move towards a smooth process for implementation.

"Ideally, this would take account of the European legislative proposals too, so that as far as possible the costs of regulatory duplication are avoided."

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