Regulator must deliver better outcomes for people says Panel

29 June 2012

In delivering his speech to the FSA’s Annual General Meeting, Adam Phillips, Consumer Panel Chair has called for the FSA and its successors to drive a change in firm culture to deliver better outcomes for people.

He also set out the Panel’s expectations for the Financial Conduct Authority which include undertaking large scale research to better understand the public’s needs for financial services. The Panel is concerned that financial services providers are too focussed on retailing financial products and not the real needs of consumers.

Adam Phillips, Consumer Panel Chair commented:

“The switch to twin peaks regulation represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for change. The FSA’s successors cannot simply proceed with business as usual. If public trust is ever to be restored in financial services then a large and visible change in behaviour is required.

Unfortunately the behaviour of the banks has tended to focus attention more on treating the symptoms rather than the causes. It is time that firms and regulators had a greater focus on delivering better outcomes for people living in the UK.

The regulator cannot make people or organisations behave better. But it can create an environment that rewards good behaviour. The regulator should make clear statements about its intentions, allow reasonable time for organisations to adapt and punish those who fail to meet its requirements.”

 

Notes to editors

  1. Adam Phillip’s speech and the Consumer Panel’s 2011/12 Annual Report
  2. The Consumer Panel is a statutory body under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and was initially established by the Financial Services Authority in December 1998. The Panel advises the FSA on the interests and concerns of consumers and reports on the FSA's performance in meeting its objectives.
  3. The emphasis of the Panel's work is on activities that are regulated by the FSA, although it may also look at the impact on consumers of activities outside but related to the FSA's remit. More information about the Panel's work
  4. Photographs and biographical details for Adam Phillips
  5. Panel members are appointed to serve a maximum of two terms of three years.
Friday, 29 June 2012