IA comments on the Chancellor's financial services speech

Commenting on the Chancellor’s financial services speech today, Chris Cummings, Chief Executive of the Investment Association said:

“This is welcome news from the Chancellor. Financial services will be critical in driving the economy to net zero, and the launch of the UK’s first Sovereign Green Bond, combined with plans to make TCFD disclosure mandatory by 2025, are important and ambitious steps as we seek to build a more resilient and sustainable financial system.

“We’re also pleased to see the Chancellor back our proposal for a new fund structure, the Long Term Asset Fund, which will allow people to invest in more illiquid assets like infrastructure and support future economic growth across the UK.”

On Brexit Chris Cummings said:

“We support the Chancellor’s approach to equivalence – taking a technical approach instead of a political one. Today’s announcements will provide UK-based firms a degree of clarity regarding access to critical infrastructure post-Brexit, and all eyes will now be on the Commission to reciprocate in the interest of savers and investors across Europe.”

Notes to Editors

For more on the IA's LTAF: view press release

To view the IA's UK Funds Regime Working Group final report

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