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The FCA will determine, following consultation, the amount to be raised from each industry block. This will be based on the budgeted costs and numbers of Financial Ombudsman Service staff required to deal with the volume of complaints which the Financial Ombudsman Service expects to receive about the firms in each industry block. Modified arrangements have been made for certain types of small firms (see FEES 5.5.3 R to FEES 5.5.5 G).
Under the standard terms, VJ participants will be required to pay to FOS Ltd an amount calculated on a similar basis towards the costs of operating the Voluntary Jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service, see FEES 5 Annex 2R26. FOS Ltd will be responsible for invoicing and collecting this amount.
If a person does not pay the total amount of a periodic fee3, FOS levy, or share of the FSCS levy,1820SFGB levy or DA levy19, before2 the end of the2 date on which it is due, under the relevant provision in FEES 4, 5, 6, 207A or 7B,19 that person must pay an additional amount as follows: 342972261826618(1) if the fee was not paid in full before the end of the due date, an administrative fee of £250; plus(2) interest on any unpaid part of the fee at the rate of 5% per annum above
The FCA21, (for FCA and PRA21periodic fees, FOS and FSCS levies, 20SFGB levies and a DA levy19), expects11 to issue invoices at least 30 days before the date on which the relevant amounts fall due. Accordingly it will generally be the case that a person will have at least 30 days from the issue of the invoice before an administrative fee becomes payable.21186722117222
(1) Paragraph15 23(8) of Schedule 1ZA of the Act permits the FCA to recover fees (including fees relating to payment services, the issuance of electronic money, 17CBTL firms, data reporting services providers,17designated credit reference agencies, designated finance platforms16 and, where relevant, FOS levies, 20SFGB levies, and a DA levy19).1418(2) Section 213(6) of the Act permits the FSCS to recover shares of the FSCS levy payable, as a debt owed to the FCA and FSCS respectively.
In addition, the FCA13may be entitled to take regulatory action in relation to the non-payment of fees,6FOS levies, 20SFGB levies and a DA levy19. The FCA136 may also take regulatory action in relation to the non-payment of a722 share of the FSCS levy, after reference of the matter to the6FCA13 by the6FSCS. What action (if any) that is taken by the FCA13will be decided upon in the light of the particular circumstances of the case.66187226722722
The effect of GEN 2.1.8 R is that this chapter applies with respect to those provisions in DISP 2 (Jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service), DISP 3 (Complaint handling procedures of the Financial Ombudsman Service), DISP 4 (Standard terms) and FEES 5 (Financial Ombudsman Service Funding) made by FOS Ltd.4234
24The Ombudsman may designate members of the staff of FOS Ltd to exercise any of the powers of the Ombudsman relating to the consideration of a complaint apart from the powers to:(1) determine a complaint; or(2) authorise the disclosure of information to the FCA5 or any other body exercising regulatory or statutory functions.5
(1) This chapter sets out rules governing the amounts payable by FOS Ltd to the FCA to fund the FCA’s functions under the ADR Regulations.(2) These rules are made using the rule-making power in paragraph 23 (Fees) Schedule 1ZA of the Act, as applied with modifications by Regulation 15A of the ADR Regulations.
The scope of the Financial Ombudsman Service's two 37jurisdictions depends on:262637(1) the type of activity to which the complaint relates (see DISP 2.3, DISP 2.4 and DISP 2.5);(2) the place where the activity to which the complaint relates was carried on (see DISP 2.6);(3) whether the complainant is eligible (see DISP 2.7); and(4) whether the complaint was referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service in time (see DISP 2.8).
48The effect of section 234B of the Act is that where a person (a “successor”) has assumed a liability (including a contingent one) of another person who was, or would have been the respondent in respect of a complaint, the complaint may be dealt with by the Ombudsman as if the successor were the respondent.
If FOS Ltd does not pay the total amount of the FOS ADR levy before the end of the date on which it is due, it must pay:(1) an administrative fee of £250; and(2) interest on any unpaid part of the levy at an annual rate of 5% above the Official Bank Rate from time to time in force, accruing daily from the date on which the amount concerned became due.
The Ombudsman can consider a complaint under the Voluntary Jurisdiction if:419(1) it is not covered by the Compulsory Jurisdiction;823 and419(2) it relates to an act or omission by a VJ participant in carrying on one or more of the following activities:(a) an activity(other than administering a benchmark)27 carried on after 28 April 1988 which:(i) was not a regulated activity at the time of the act or omission, but(ii) was a regulated activity when the VJ participant joined the
DISP 2.5.1R (2)(a)is for those that are subject to the Compulsory Jurisdiction for regulated activities but are not covered by the Ombudsman Transitional Order, the Mortgage and General Insurance Complaints Transitional Order, or the Claims Management Order15. It enables the Financial OmbudsmanScheme to cover complaints about earlier events relating to those activities before they became regulated activities.4192419
DISP 2.5.1R (2)(b) is for those that were members of one of the former schemes replaced by the Financial Ombudsman Service immediately before commencement. It enables the Financial Ombudsman Service5 to cover complaints that arise out of acts or omissions occurring after commencement for any activities which are not covered by the Compulsory Jurisdiction but that would have been covered by the relevant former scheme.4195
If a respondent is in doubt about the eligibility of a business, charity or trust, it should treat the complainant as if it were eligible. If the complaint is referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service, the Ombudsman will determine eligibility by reference to appropriate evidence, such as audited accounts or VAT returns.121
121In the Compulsory Jurisdiction, under the Ombudsman Transitional Order, the Mortgages and General Insurance Complaints Transitional Order and Claims Management Order17, where a complainant:(1) wishes to have a relevant new complaint, a relevant transitional complaint or a relevant new claims management complaint17 dealt with by the Ombudsman; and(2) is not otherwise eligible; but(3) would have been entitled to refer an equivalent complaint to the former scheme in question immediately
To aid consumer awareness of the protections offered by the provisions in this chapter, respondents must:(1) publish appropriate information regarding their internal procedures for the reasonable and prompt handling of complaints;614614(2) refer eligible complainants to the availability of this information:614556145(a) 5in relation to a payment service, in the information on out-of-court complaint and redress procedures required to be provided or made available under regulations
The815 summary details concerning internal complaints handling procedures 815should cover at least:815(1) how the respondent fulfils its obligation to handle and seek to resolve relevant complaints; and(2) (where the complaint falls within the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service)7 that, if the complaint is not resolved, the complainant may be entitled to refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Respondents may also display or reproduce the Financial Ombudsman Service logo (under licence) in:(1) branches and sales offices to which eligible complainants have access; or(2) marketing literature or correspondence directed at eligible complainants;provided it is done in a way which is not misleading.
Relevant complaints covered by the Compulsory Jurisdiction comprise:414(1) relevant existing complaints referred to a former scheme before commencement and inherited by the Financial Ombudsman Service under the Ombudsman Transitional Order;(2) relevant new complaints about events before commencement but referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service after commencement under the Ombudsman Transitional Order;816(3) relevant transitional complaints referred to the Financial Ombudsman
The Ombudsman Transitional Order and the Claims Management Order12 requires the Financial Ombudsman Service to complete the handling of relevant existing complaints and relevant existing claims management complaints12, in a significant number of respects, in accordance with the requirements of the relevant former scheme rather than in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.414
Subject to DISP 1.6.2AR, the5respondent must, by the end of eight weeks after its receipt of the complaint, send the complainant:(1) a 'final response', being a written response from the respondent which:3939(a) accepts the complaint and, where appropriate, offers redress or remedial action; or(b) offers redress or remedial action without accepting the complaint; or(c) rejects the complaint and gives reasons for doing so;and which:(d) encloses a copy of the Financial Ombudsman
DISP 1.6.2 R does not apply if the complainant has already indicated in writing acceptance of a response by the respondent, provided that the response:28(1) informed the complainant how to pursue his complaint with the respondent if he remains dissatisfied; 28410(2) referred to the ultimate availability of the Financial Ombudsman Service if he remains dissatisfied with the respondent's response;28(3) enclosed a copy of the Financial Ombudsman Service standard explanatory leaflet;410(4)
28The information regarding the Financial Ombudsman Service,5 required to be provided in responses sent under the complaints time limit rules (DISP 1.6.2 R, DISP 1.6.2AR and DISP 1.6.4 R),5 should be set out clearly, comprehensibly, in an easily accessible way and 410prominently within the text of those responses.3939[Note: article 13 of the ADR Directive]410
23One of the reasons for introducing the guidance in this appendix is to seek a reduction in the number of complaints which are referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service. If a firm writes to the complainant proposing terms for settlement which are in accordance with this appendix, the letter may include a statement that the calculation of loss and redress accords with the FCAguidance, but should not imply that this extends to the assessment of whether or not the complaint should
23The letter should also explain how the proposed value of the benefit has been calculated and should inform the complainant that if he does not accept the proposal to take the benefit into account he may tell the firm, with reasons. The letter should also say that, if he remains dissatisfied with the firm's response, he may refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
(1) A firm must provide the FCA by the end of February each year (or, if the firm has become subject to the Financial Ombudsman Service part way through the financial year, by the date requested by the FCA) with a statement of:(a) the total amount of relevant business (measured in accordance with the appropriate tariff base(s)) which it conducted; or8(b) in the case of firms in industry blocks 2 and 4, the gross written premium for fees purposes as defined in FEES 4 Annex 1AR
A firm should not provide a statement of relevant business if it deals only with eligible complainants who are not consumers4. Relevant business is defined in the Glossary as business done with consumers4 only. So FEES 5.4.1 R does not apply in relation to business done with other types of eligible complainant described in DISP 2.7.3R (2), DISP 2.7.6R (12)(a) and DISP 2.7.6R (12)(a);2 the funding of FOS Ltd in relation to that business is by special case fee only (see FEES 5.5.6
2DISP App 3.11.2R and DISP App 3.11.3R apply where:1(1) a complainant has made a complaint to a firm in relation to its sale of a payment protection contract which covered or purported to cover a credit agreement (this includes partial coverage); (2) the complaint was rejected by the firm before 29 August 2017 in that the firm did not offer the complainant the redress they would have been offered had the firm concluded that the complainant would not have bought the payment protection
The obligation to send a written communication does not apply where, in relation to the relevant payment protection contract the firm, or where appropriate the Financial Ombudsman Service, has previously considered, or indicated to the complainant in writing that it will consider, a complaint on the basis of a failure to disclose profit share and/or commission.
414These procedures should, taking into account the nature, scale and complexity of the respondent's business, ensure that lessons learned as a result of determinations by the Ombudsman are effectively applied in future complaint handling, for example by:(1) relaying a determination by the Ombudsman to the individuals in the respondent who handled the complaint and using it in their training and development;(2) analysing any patterns in determinations by the Ombudsman concerning
4Firms are not required to notify the name of the individual to the FCA or the Financial Ombudsman Service but would be expected to do so promptly on request. There is no bar on a firm appointing different individuals to have the responsibility at different times where this is to accommodate part-time or flexible working.
If it appears to the FCA5 or49 the FSCS (in relation to any FSCS levy only) 2 that in the exceptional circumstances of a particular case, the payment of any fee, FSCS levy2,3FOS levy, 8SFGB levy or DA levy7 would be inequitable, the FCA5 or49 the FSCS2 as relevant, may (unless FEES 2.3.2B R applies)1 reduce or remit all or part of the fee or levy in question which would otherwise be payable. 493493649349
If it appears to the FCA5 or49 the FSCS (in relation to any FSCS levy only)2 that in the exceptional circumstances of a particular case to which FEES 2.3.1R does not apply, the retention by the FCA5 or8 the FSCS, as relevant, of a fee, FSCS levy2,3FOS levy, 8SFGB levy or DA levy7 which has been paid would be inequitable, the FCA or8 the FSCS28, may (unless FEES 2.3.2BR applies)1 refund all or part of that fee or levy.49349234933653493
811Where the respondent considers a complaint to be resolved under this section, the respondent must promptly9 send the complainant a ‘summary resolution communication’, being a written communication from the respondent which: (1) refers to the fact that the complainant has made a complaint and informs the complainant that the respondent now considers the complaint to have been resolved;(2) tells the complainant that if he subsequently decides that he is dissatisfied with the
In good time before4 the conclusion of an initial contract of insurance and, if necessary, on its amendment or renewal :4(1) a firm must provide the customer with at least the following information:4(a) its identity, address and whether it is an insurance intermediary or an insurance undertaking;4(b) whether it provides a personal recommendation about the insurance products offered;4(c) the procedures allowing customers and other interested parties to register complaints about