Wednesday, 8 April 2009

OFT consults on Financial Sector Strategy

The OFT has launched a consultation on its proposed financial services strategy which sets out its approach to the sector in response to the current economic crisis, and also announced a review of the unsecured consumer credit market.

The OFT is asking interested parties to comment on its proposal to focus on two inter-related themes:

• The prioritisation, in the short term, of promoting fairness and responsibility between the credit industry and consumers, and

• advocating choice and competition to ensure that public decisions made to deal with the current crisis do not harm competition in the long term to the detriment of consumers.

The consultation will run until 12 June 2009, and the consultation document can be downloaded here.

A review of the unsecured credit market is also being scoped out, with details available from:

Comments are currently being invited concerning this until 8th May, with the full review expected to start in the summer.

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