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Think tank calls on FSA to abandon 16% budget hike

An influential think tank says the proposed 15.6 per cent hike in the FSA’s annual costs will add to an ever-increasing burden on consumers and should be reversed.  

On Friday, in a consultation paper on fees and levies for 2012/13, the FSA proposed a rise in its annual costs from £500.5m for 2011/12 to £578.4m the year after.

The Institute for Economic Affairs says the rise comes on top of large increases in previous years.

IEA editorial director Prof Philip Booth says: ““This budget rise must be reversed. This is a monopoly that is able to set its own fees. A 15.6 per cent rise is proposed for this year on top of huge rises in previous years – after this increase the FSA’s budget will have doubled in just six years.

“Only the FSA could march on completely oblivious to the folly of more and more complex regulation at an ever-increasing direct and indirect cost to financial consumers.”

In 2011/12 the regulator’s budget rose by 10 per cent, in 2010/11 it rose by 18.3 per cent.

The FSA’s consultation paper shows that despite the overall increase, fees for advisers not holding client money have fallen by 3 per cent from a total of £39.7m to £38.4m. Fees for advisers holding client money have dropped 19 per cent from a total of £49.7m to £40.2m.

However, fees for life insurers have gone up 37 per cent from £44.5m to £61.1m. Fees for fund managers have also jumped 32 per cent from £28.2m to £37.3m. 


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There are 6 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. It no use calling on Hector to do anything, he’s not listening!

  2. Seems like the price of failure is going up and up.

  3. Monopoly, that`s a good word, it`s also a game to some.

  4. Monstrous – absolutely monstrous.

    It seems the biggest failures reap the richest rewards – RBS, Railtrack, FSA, Tony Blair and moronic Brown………it makes ordinary people weep !

    And our elected representatives sit by and do sweet FA.

  5. As an advisor Im paying less and less each year to the FSA as the fees have remained the same, offering a real time reduction! Im also happy for the companies who skim millions off of consumer products to line thier own pockets to pay more for intrusive supervision. This is in no way detrimental to the little man.

  6. “Only the FSA could march on completely oblivious to the folly of more and more complex regulation at an ever-increasing direct and indirect cost to financial consumers.”

    That about says it all, doesn’t it? But will the FSA take the slightest note? Not a chance. Does anyone at all consider the FSA to be anything other than a totally unaccountable, out of control, self-serving leviathan? Will anybody at the FSA, at the very least, waive their 2011 bonus? How can regulation have ever come to this? More and more failures and bigger and bigger levies. It’s a national scandal.

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