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CSA poll reveals authorisation process biggest business concern for 44% of firms
According to a poll taken at the 2015 Credit Services Association (CSA) Members’ Meeting, getting through the authorisation process was cited by 44 percent of firms as their biggest business concern.
A snapshot of the industry’s current preparedness for the new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regime showed a mixed picture: 20 percent claimed to be already fully compliant; 54 percent mostly compliant though with some improvements still planned; and 12 percent that they were currently undergoing a significant change programme to meet the required standard.
More than a quarter (27 percent) were in the planning stages of an application for authorisation, 53 percent were gathering detailed materials together, and only five percent had as yet made no progress at all.
In terms of how agencies expected to be treated by the FCA, a positive 54 percent believed that the FCA would be engaging closely with firms to further their understanding of the industry whilst still measuring standards and good practice.
Not all, however, were convinced: 22 percent said that they expect the FCA to make an example of bad practice early on to demonstrate its power.
Data protection continues to cause concern, with three quarters (75 percent) of Members’ ranking DP compliance as being extremely important. Members were also asked whether cash for commission was still ‘fit for purpose’ in today’s regulatory environment, with almost three quarters (72 percent) believing it was. Nearly two thirds (62 percent), however, said that the CSA should explore an alternative to the model.
Members were asked to vote electronically throughout the two-day event, with their findings shared in the room. The percentages were based on the 175 delegates who attended the meeting in Leicester last month.