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Response to Mark Hoban on qualifications

I really thought that I would be unsurprised at the level of banal lunacy that comes out of the House of Commons.

The drivel from Mark Hoban displays the total lack of awareness of the real world outside their protected environment.

To describe IFAs as equivalent in qualifications to a shift supervisor in McDonald’s is, frankly, pitiful. I, and most other IFAs, work hard and diligently for our clients, solving problems that Mr Hoban would not even understand, let alone have the skills and knowledge to offer to advise them correctly.

I am a sole trader, with over 30 years experience in my field. I have never had a complaint against me and have many satisfied clients who are happy to recommend me to others. Yet, there is not one iota of allowance for all this.

Yet the banks can get away with almost whatever they wish. Let us have a truly level playing field for once. Treating customers fairly? I think not.

Michael Ashcroft


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