I have just reread my Independent View article (Money Marketing, September 14) and need to make some apologies. You will appreciate that it was written before the launch of the Skills Council for Financial Services. SCFS chief executive Professor David Jackman was very clear that they wish to raise standards and the new examination modules, I understand, will be above the current level of FPC and below that of AFPC.
This is a good start although I do hope that eventually AFPC will be the benchmark. What the IFA sector needs to be told is the detail of the relationship between FSA and SCFS. Who is now responsible for the T&C regime? The risk is that the IFA will be caught between a rock and a hard place, with the SCFS saying one thing and the FSA requiring another. This must be avoided at all cost.
I should also apologise for my derogatory remarks about the English cricket team who, as they proved in the final test against South Africa, can indeed score more runs than the FSA can issue consultation papers.