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MM debate: Love calls for balance of regulation and innovation

Treasury Select Committee member Andy Love said it is crucial that increased regulation does not impact upon innovation in the financial services industry.

Speaking at the Money Marketing RDR & Economic update event in London today, the Labour MP said there has always been a tension between the two with the fear that the FSA over regulates.

He said: “We need to keep these new ideas flowing into the market as the financial services sector will still be the most important sector of the British economy going forwards.”

Love said this balance can best by struck through trust, and that one of the ways for this to be achieved is through better understanding of products and services offered by the industry.

“It is clear that most people do not understand what their pension is and don’t understand why they should save during your life to overcome fluctuations in income and to prepare for retirement. That is a real problem in terms of financial literacy and education and taking action on that has in my view become a priority and we need to do this in schools to a much greater extent.”

The RDR debate day has been sponsored by Aegon , Prudential and Clerical Medical


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