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M&E firms could quit network over ICS

M&E members are up in arms over the network charging them for the

quarterly Investors&#39 Compensation Scheme levy.

Some members are considering resigning their membership as a result of the


The network absorbed the entire ICS levy for the last quarter following a

wrangle with members over a rise in membership and PI costs.

M&E has budgeted for an ICS levy of £88 per member per quarter in its

monthly charges. But the levy total is now £140 and the network is

charging registered individuals the rest, which is £52 each.

Managing director Simon Hudson says M&E is not willing or able to fully

absorb the levy this year as it would cost £120,000 to do so given

that ICS has doubled its requirements in order to raise £66m by

December for payouts.

He says: “We took the hit for the last quarter but in the next quarter the

charge is even bigger. We never made a promise that we would pay it. It is

an industry bill and every RI has to face it.”

R&A Associates IFA Robert Anthony says: “I am resigning from the network

largely because of the escalating costs. It is untenable to continue in

this business. The announcement about the ICS charge was another nail in

the coffin.”


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