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Backwoodsmen of the PFS

I have just completed a four-year term as a director of Sofa. During my last year, I did privately voice my concerns that any merger between the LIA and Sofa may lead to a dilution of standards.

I would like to place on record that, thus far, I have been pleasantly surprised that my fears have not materialised. With this said, I consider that it is time to provide some balance to the recent criticisms of the Personal Finance Society and the disgraceful personal attacks on John Ellis. As a staunch advocate of higher qualifi-cations for financial practition-ers, I have always practised what I preach.

Notwithstanding, as an FCIB, ACII and APFS, I consider that further training and qualifications are still necessary even for me and I wholly endorse the PFS’s stance that voting and access to Find An Adviser are res-tricted to members with the AFPC and above.

To Mr Ellis’s antagonists, may I suggest that their demands for lower stand- ards and qualifications be voiced in a new organisation perhaps named appropriately Backwoodsmen United with their own website, Find A Lucky Dip.

Filip Slipaczek

Retired director of Sofa,

New Barne, Hertfordshire

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