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Abbey delighted with Treasury decision

Abbey National says it is delighted that the Treasury has listened to feedback from lenders as well as consumer bodies in deciding to extend regulation to mortgage advice. Managing director (retail banking) Andrew Pople says the move means lenders will not be put in the “uncomfortable position” of being responsible for the guidance provided by mortgage brokers. He says the Treasury&#39s decision is in the best interests of both consumers and the industry.

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