NACFB hits out at £15m FSCS supplementary levy

Ryan Bembridge

February 8, 2017

The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers has hit out at the £15m supplementary levy imposed on brokers by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

The levy was introduced to meet “unforeseen compensation costs”, the FSCS said, adding that if the £15m shortfall was carried on into the 2017/2018 financial year it could bring the amount levied over the £40m limit.

But NACFB chief executive Rob Lankey (pictured) felt the best qualified brokers were being hit the hardest, adding that they weren’t at fault for the extra costs.

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Lankey said: “The steps we’ve taken to embrace regulation have not been cost-free and our members are investing their own money into compliance, both through dedicated compliance schemes and in training and education.

“This laudable work means there is less spare money to spend on the FSCS levy, so this supplementary levy hits the best-qualified brokers hardest of all.”

He added: “We note that the FSCS does not expect this level of costs to continue into future years. Unfortunately measures of this sort do not send out the right message, whether or not each payment taken is large enough to do financial damage to the broker.

“Given that one unspecified firm is reportedly responsible for the majority of the claims that led to the £15m levy, it seems unreasonable to target the good guys to cover the costs incurred by their less reputable rivals.

“This is particularly unreasonable when the activities concerned related to unregulated overseas investments not to failings in the mortgage advice activities for which mortgage brokers pay their regulatory dues.

“The NACFB would prefer to see a more equitable approach and one that recognises the work our brokers are already putting in every day to raise the standards of the industry as a whole.”

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