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Carl Lamb: Small firms get a raw deal on auto-enrolment

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Advisers have branded a move by lenders to include protection premiums in affordability checks under the mortgage market review as “illogical”. Santander, Nationwide, Virgin Money and Newcastle Building Society have said items such as life cover premiums, pension contributions and student loan repayments will be included when assessing a borrower’s affordability. Other lenders are expected […]

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Advisers welcome FCA’s simplified RMAR plans

Advisers have responded favourably to proposed changes to the FCA’s retail mediation activities return, which they say will reduce the administrative burden of regulation. In a consultation published last week, the regulator proposed moving from a six-monthly reporting structure to an annual one for section K of the RMAR and allowing firms to complete section […]

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