MI, Oversight & Audit
The “Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR)” now means that a firm’s board is ultimately responsible for regulatory performance. The FCA expects senior managers to have sufficient oversight to know that the provisions they have in place are effective in ensuring fair customer outcomes. Where this is not the case firms, and individuals, may find themselves under investigation by the regulator.
Effective oversight of a firm’s regulatory performance relies on adequate and timely reporting. Senior managers need to be able to monitor all aspects of the firm’s compliance. Typical feeds of information will include business volumes and trends, customer satisfaction results, complaints data and compliance monitoring reports.
Management Information should be measurable and analytical. Senior managers need to be able to quickly detect when they have failed to meet regulatory standards. When failings are identified, further information must be accessible from which insights for improvement can be derived.
CCAS can help you build the right management reporting to ensure that you have adequate oversight. We will make sure you include the right feeds on information, combined in a way that helps you to know what is going on and how to rectify issues. We are also able to act as a third line of defence to independently audit and inform regulatory performance, either routinely to assure current operations, or as an important part of due diligence prior to the sale or purchase of a firm.
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Retained Provisions of The Consumer Credit Act
Regulation of consumer credit activities has been something of a patchwork. Some elements are still covered by the original Consumer Credit Act 1974. This includes restrictions around broker fees and statutory instruments such as the form and content of credit and hire agreements. In 2014, when FCA took over the regulation of consumer credit, they …
April 8, 2019 at 1:42 pm
FCA Thematic Review of Debt Management Firms
FCA have now published TR 19/1. This is the second thematic review of the debt management sector, including fee charging and free-to-customer organisations. The full report can be found here >> https://www.fca.org.uk/publication/thematic-reviews/tr19-1.pdf Whilst FCA identified that the debt management sector has made improvements there is still a lot of work to do. Listed below are …
March 22, 2019 at 10:17 am
Credit Card Charges
FCA have now publicised a letter sent to all credit card companies. The letter follows their review into credit card fees and charges. The key findings are as follows: Customers who miss a payment are often incurring multiple charges in the same billing cycle – for example a missed payment fee, a bounced direct debt …
March 12, 2019 at 6:04 pm
FCA Introduce Rent to Own Price Cap
Policy Statement PS19/6 issued by FCA yesterday introduces a price cap for the Rent to Own (RTO) sector. RTO firms offer goods such as household appliances and furniture under what is essentially a hire purchase agreement. The key issues in the sector have been the high base cost of goods compared to prices offered by …
March 12, 2019 at 5:35 pm