There are a multitude of groups offering exams and non-exam assessment routes. My purpose for writing is that due to my medical condition, I am advised by my oncologist that exams are stressful and could hasten my demise.
I served in the Royal Navy for eight and a half years and was exposed to asbestos. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, which means guaranteed death. There is no cure and average life span is one year, although some have lived for more than three years, including myself. A positive mental attitude, special diet, exercise and involvement in the work I love as an IFA helps me.
I have 40 years’ experience with no complaints and some wonderful clients. Because I wish to continue, I wrote to the FSA a year ago for dispensation. I am classified 100 per cent disabled by the Veterans Agency. The FSA wrote back and advised me to wait a year and contact again via email. I sent an email setting out my condition with the backing of the compliance director of my network and I received a reply on March 10 from the FSA Customer Contact Centre advising me to take the exam and including a list of the various exam bodies. It was apparent to me this was a stock letter.
Is the FSA prepared to consider the cases of experienced IFAs who are classified disabled?
I am not seeking pity but am requesting consideration for myself and perhaps any other disabled IFA – there will not be many of us. I should like to know that at the end of 2012, assuming I am here, that I will not suddenly be without a job and unable to do the thing I love doing due to this unfair discrimination.
Mr Sants can have all the medical evidence if he wishes and perhaps a face-to-face meeting on behalf of the disabled members of the profession.
Financial planning consultant Lighthouse Financial Advice