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FSA fine money to be spent on helping armed forces

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The Government is using £35m raised from FSA fines to support the armed services, veterans and their families.

Speaking at the Conservative conference in Birmingham this week, prime minister David Cameron said it is not fair that fine money goes back to the banking industry in the form of fee reductions.

He said: “We do not think it is fair that the fines from scandal-hit banks go back into the banking industry. That is why we are directing £35m from banking fines this year to supporting our armed forces, veterans and their families.”

Defence secretary Phillip Hammond said the service pupil premium, which is extra money allocated to students with parents in the armed forces who face particular challenges, is rising from £250 per pupil to £300. It will include all pupils whose parents died in service since 2005 and will last for six years after a serviceman leaves.

For the 2012/13 fee year, £70.7m from FSA fines was used to reduce industry fees. The £38.6m levied on the fee block affecting most advisers would have been 21.7 per cent higher without fines from the previous year being redistributed.

In July, chancellor George Osborne unveiled proposals to pay FSA fines into the public purse from 1 April after Barclays was fined £59.5m for Libor rigging. He promised an amendment to the Financial Services Bill to redirect FSA fines to the Treasury.

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