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The European Parliament has agreed to the EU’s Priips legislation by siding with the European Council’s decision to hold fire on the regulations. MEPs approved the delay with 561 votes in favour to 9 against and 75 abstentions. The vote approves the so-called silence procedure the Council agreed to after the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, […]

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Letting agents banned from charging fees to tenants

Letting agents in England will be banned from charging fees to tenants under a policy announced in the Autumn Statement. Tenants moving into a new house can be charged numerous fees from referencing to credit checks and ‘administration’ fees. Hammond says: “Letting agents are currently able to charge unregulated fees to tenants, often of hundreds of […]

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Hammond delivers first and last Autumn Statement

Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his last Autumn Statement as he shakes up the timetable for the Government’s economic and financial statements. Hammond says: “No other major economy makes hundreds of tax changes twice a year and neither should we.” He says the spring Budget in March will be the final one, and then the […]

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FCA eyes advice firm director ban over unsuitable pension transfers

The FCA is seeking to ban former Tailormade chief executive Alistair Burns and fine him £233,600 for alleged pension transfer suitability failures. Between January 2010 and January 2013, Tailormade gave advice to customers who were considering transferring or switching their existing pension funds via Sipps into unregulated investments, such as green oil, biofuels, farmland and […]

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