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Many winners at MS Awards night

Chatroom is delighted to confirm that a generous £2,980 was raised for children’s charity CLAPA by attendees at the recent Mortgage Strategy Awards.

CLAPA was our sister publication’s chosen charity on the night. Established in 1979, it provides help for children with cleft palates from infancy through to adulthood, as well as support for their families.

“From the feedback we receive we know that we make a significant difference to people’s lives but we rely on voluntary donations to provide our ser- vices,” said Rosanna Preston, chief executive of CLAPA.


Brokers can be confident of their future role

In February, the FSA warned that standards for mortgage advice were still disappointingly low and claimed that consumers had low levels of trust in advisers, driven by their concerns over the quality of advice and standards of service. I believe the situation is far more complicated than this.

Diet hard

In times of crisis it’s tempting to comfort eat your way back to some sort of happiness.

Broker cull will restore natural order

A recent poll carried out by Mortgage Strategy reveals that 32% of brokers are unlikely to renew their Financial Services Authority permissions this year. This should not come as a surprise – it’s simply the natural order of things.

‘How to…audit your auto-enrolment scheme compliance’

Avoid pension penalties with our auto-enrolment checklist

According to the Pensions Regulator’s annual commentary and analysis report released this month, 785 potential non-compliance cases were referred for investigation, with 23 auto-enrolment compliance notices issued. And they predict that the use of their statutory powers is only going to increase.


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