Ami has welcomed the FCA’s regulatory fees and levies savings for intermediary firms for 2020 to 2021, as published yesterday.
The report revealed that fees would remain broadly level for mortgage intermediaries but firms whose turnover remained consistent would see a reduction in the total cost of regulated fees year on year. The reduction is due mostly to the decrease in the sum paid by mortgage brokers into the Financial Services Compensation scheme.
Ami chief executive Robert Sinclair says: “AMI welcomes the reduction in FSCS fee costs for firms in the midst of this pandemic and at a time when capital resources are more challenging for firms. We regret that firms with invoices over £10,000 will have to pay within 30 days, but are supportive that smaller firms will have 90 days to pay.
“Whilst delighted that firms will not see a real increase in their total fees and levies costs this year, we remain acutely aware of the challenges faced by firms and the interrelation between capital adequacy requirements, PII, FOS and the FSCS costs.
“I was heartened to hear (FCA Chair) Charles Randell’s statement that they needed to redesign the system to ensure that polluting firms in the financial sector pay, not those who have behaved well. AMI will continue to work to hold the FCA to account and ensure that intermediary fees are proportionate to the risks posed.”