CompaniesMay 30 2013

Apfa: Advisers spend 3 days on RMAR every year

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ByMichael Trudeau

Advisers spend an average of 24 hours every year - equal to three full days of work - on RMAR reporting, research from trade body the Association of Professional Financial Advisers has found.

Using what it terms as a “conservative” average that half of advisers’ hours are typically chargeable, Apfa estimates RMAR reporting is costing the industry more than £10m each year.

In a statement, Chris Hannant, policy director, said: “We’re concerned about the time advisers spend complying with these requirements, especially given the impact the wider economic environment and the RDR are already having on adviser revenues. Spending this much time on reporting is yet another drain on resources.”

“We’re also alarmed about an amendment made to the FCA Handbook at the end of April, meaning a change to the data required from 1 May 2013 onwards. We have flagged this concern with the FCA, because if the data required is different from that needed in the run up to May, advisers cannot possibly be expected to deliver it with such short notice and little warning.

“We want to see the FCA make the requirements they demand of advisers more streamlined, but we also want the purpose of the reporting to be made crystal clear. We support a drive towards greater transparency, but this will not be achieved by the unthinking collection or publication of more and more data with no clear aim.

“We need to be sure that what the FCA is asking advisers to provide is used by the FCA, especially given the time it takes to compile the information.”