Vulnerable Customers

Vulnerable Customer Training

Protecting vulnerable customers is a key focus for the FCA and is more important than ever due to the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19). 

Recently published guidance outlines the regulator’s expectations on how firms should treat vulnerable customers fairly.

Who is a vulnerable customer?

A vulnerable customer is someone who, due to their personal circumstances, is especially susceptible to harm – particularly when a firm is not acting with appropriate levels of care.

Who do the requirements apply to?

The new guidance applies to all firms to whom the Principles for Businesses apply. It is ‘just guidance’ but the Principles for Businesses apply to nearly all solo regulated firms, including (as of 2019) payment and e-money institutions. Furthermore, the guidance comes into effect immediately so there is no transition period: the FCA expects firms to take account of the guidance as of the date of publication (February 2021).

What are firms expected to do?

All firms are expected to understand the needs of vulnerable customers and make any changes required to meet the standards set by the regulator’s existing Principles for Businesses (Principles). 

Firms are expected to have in place robust policies, controls and training mechanisms to identify, assess, manage and interact with vulnerable customers.

How can we help?

We have partnered with subject matter experts who have extensive experience in supporting firms in identifying and supporting vulnerable consumers. We are working with firms in the form of a series of training workshops to perform a gap analysis and have a roadmap in place to implement a plan of action for firms to ensure they have the correct policies, procedures and training in place that ensure they are correctly identifying vulnerable customers and dealing with them fairly.

You can watch our recent webinar with subject matter expert Adrian Golifer on demand here or get in touch with us today to discuss how we can help.

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