He also says he is not convinced by the purpose of introducing an independent professional standards board as the industry already has a number of exam bodies as well as IFA and consumer lobby groups. He says there needs to be more clarity over how such a non-industry body would operate and what powers it would have.
Easter believes the new label of sales adviser will cause confusion for consumers. He says: “There is nothing wrong with sales. In fact, our industry needs it to encourage people to provide for themselves rather than having to rely on the welfare state but what is wrong with calling a salesperson just that?
“The FSA’s consultation paper and discussion paper were both good pieces of work but the original Gleneagles’ challenge of widening consumer access to financial services seems to have been lost in the conversation.”