Out of context

“Then we’d be in a bit of a pickle”

Standard Life head of pensions Jamie Jenkins quips about guests to a media briefing being held in the Gherkin in the event of a fire breaking out.

“What first attracted you to piloting a multi-million pound reform of business rates in Cheshire East?”

Chancellor George Osborne (and Cheshire East MP) is grilled in the Treasury select committee on his choice of locations for new pilots announced in his final budget.

“You should come to the North-west, Mr Tyrie and Mike Kane, and I will show you a good time!”

George Osborne defends claims a Treasury select committee debate with Labour MP Mike Kane is getting “a bit parochial”.



MAS to ditch TV ads as it slashes marketing spend by a third

The Money Advice Service will no longer run TV advertising campaigns, says chief executive Caroline Rookes as the organisation slashes its marketing budget by a third. The MAS’s 2015/16 business plan, published today, reveals its marketing spend for “money advice” services has been cut from £13.2m in 2014/15 to £8.8m. The FCA confirmed last week […]


Ian McKenna: Why we need a tech solution for insistent clients

While pension freedom presents an enormous opportunity for the adviser community, the industry is well aware of the potential for yet another misselling scandal – the implications of which are almost unthinkable. One thing advisers have consistently sought is regulatory certainty and it seems to me that, at least in some areas, we might now […]


Profile: How one adviser is looking to challenge the FCA

As the new chair of the FCA’s smaller business practitioner panel, Clinton Askew recognises he has a difficult balance to strike. “The role of the panel is to act as a critical friend and ask probing questions without being overly aggressive,” he explains. “You could quite easily turn every meeting with the FCA into a […]


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