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&#39Abbey Life escaped with £1m fine&#39

Abbey Life got off lightly with a record £1m fine for endowment misselling, says the FSA.

It says the size of the fine reflects the serious nature of Abbey Life&#39s failings but would have been much higher if the company had not taken proactive action and senior management had not accepted responsibility.

The FSA says that around 46,000 Abbey Life mortgage endowment policyholders and up to 4,000 other customers may be due compensation which could add up to to a total of £160m.

It lists serious Abbey Life failings over the period as weakness in monitoring of advisers, poor standard reasons-why letters and suitability checks and systematic failure in Abbey Life&#39s procedures when selling endowment policies.

FSA managing director for regulating processes and risk Carol Sergeant says: “This action is a part of the FSA&#39s overall approach to misselling of mortgage endowments. The FSA is committed to ensuring that customers are compensated appropriately.”

Lloyds TSB spokesman Emile Abu-shakra says: “We have £165m set aside for compensation to be prudent. We are disappointed with the fine but have been co-operating fully with the FSA.”

The fine is a record for endowment misselling but is just half the £2m that Royal Scottish Assurance was fined in 2000 for what the regulator called “systematic mispricing of endowment policies”.


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