Handbook changes to reflect the introduction of the Lifetime ISA
Last updated: 21 Nov 2016
- Consulting body:
- Financial Conduct Authority
- Period of consultation:
- Runs from 17 November 2016 to 25 January 2017
- CML action:
- Response submitted
The FCA are consulting on proposals to introduce a Lifetime Individuals Savings Account (LISA) and the changes required to the Handbook rules.
The FCA's proposed approach to regulating the promotion and distribution of the LISA seeks to address the risks that it may present to their objectives – particularly their consumer protection objective.
They categorise these risks under five broad headings:
They propose addressing these risks via an ‘enhanced ISA’ approach – by amending their current Handbook requirements as they relate to ISAs in respect of communications, information disclosures, cancellation rights and client assets.
CML has responded to the FCA’s consultation, agreeing with the proposals to provide information to investors highlighting the risks; we suggest the need to ensure that the interaction between Help to Buy ISA and Lifetime ISA is well-explained, given the potential confusion which could arise at point of house purchase.
We also note the challenging time frame for ISA providers to implement any new regulatory requirements alongside product development.
The full CML response can be downloaded below.