FCA fees increase for new applications
01 December 2020
An FCA fees increase for applications made by newly authorised firms has been announced. The FCA has also said that it will start charging firms to make staff changes under SMCR.
Currently, the FCA charges firms £1,500 for simple applications, and £5,000 for fairly complex applications. In a consultation paper published November 19th, the regulator proposes to increase those charges to £2,500 and £10,000 respectively.
The motivation behind the price hike is to “redress the balance of cost recovery towards applicants and away from existing fee-payers”, according to the consultation paper. Critics of the decision say that increasing application fees will act as a barrier to market entry. The FCA illustrate their decision by explaining that processing costs are often higher than the fees they charge.
In a further measure to try and recoup some of those costs, the regulator has also proposed introducing fees for changes in control and applications under SMCR. The FCA explain that “some SMR applications can involve a considerable amount of work, including interviews with key individuals. But on average they take a few hours, so a pricing category 1 charge of £250 would be appropriate.”
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