Financial Conduct Authority
Regulators 'need to do more' to prove they protect consumers
The spending watchdog has said that the regulators for financial services, energy, water and communications sectors are unable to prove they are offering enough protection for consumers
20 March 2019
Compensation limit for financial complaints to increase to £350k
Consumers can be awarded up to £350,000 in compensation when they complain to the financial watchdog from next month
8 March 2019
Cost of buying washing machines, fridges etc via pricey 'rent-to-own' firms to be capped
Vulnerable customers who use rent-to-own firms will not pay more in interest than the cost of the original item from April, as part of new rules announced by the financial regulator today
5 March 2019
New rules to give more pension freedom protection
The Financial Conduct Authority has announced new rules and plans to help make pension choices clearer for over 50s, which it says will help up to 100,000 every year
29 January 2019
Contactless card security flaw largely fixed, in win for MSE's two-year campaign
The financial regulator has said that "almost all" contactless transactions from the two biggest card schemes are now processed 'online' in order to combat a security flaw which meant crooks could use cards months after they'd been cancelled
29 January 2019
Guest comment: How the financial regulator's tackled contactless card fraud
The FCA’s Christopher Woolard gives an update on the regulator’s work to protect consumers from contactless card fraud - and what you can do if you think you’ve been targeted
29 January 2019
Santander fined £32 million for failing families of deceased customers
The financial regulator has fined Santander £32.8 million for failing to process customers' accounts and investments effectively after they died
19 December 2018
Claims management firms will have to give more info upfront
The financial regulator has published a new set of rules for claims management companies, including providing customers with more transparent fee information and telling them about free alternatives
18 December 2018
Price cap proposed for rent-to-own firms to protect vulnerable consumers
The financial regulator has proposed a new price cap on rent-to-own firms to come into place next spring, meaning consumers can't be charged more in interest than they paid for the product
22 November 2018
Guest Comment: Don't lose out by being loyal to your insurer
Christopher Woolard, Executive Director of Strategy and Competition at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), explains why the regulator is examining how insurance firms decide what prices they charge their customers
8 November 2018
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