No plans to change current investment limit of £50,000

21st September 2010

Recent reports in the media have suggested that the FSCS plans to cut the compensation cover for investments. This is inaccurate. The FSCS has no plans to reduce compensation protection for investments as suggested, nor is it able to do so. The rules that the FSCS applies when assessing clams are made by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). These include rules that set the FSCS compensation limits. The FSCS cannot depart from these rules.

The FSCS compensation limit for investment claims is currently £50,000 per person, per authorised firm. The European Commission is considering harmonisation of compensation limits across Europe to €50,000 for investment claims. This proposal is currently set out in a draft directive which is subject to debate amongst Member States.  A final decision has not yet been made by the Commission.

Jargon Buster

  • Authorised firm

    a company, unincorporated body, partnership or individual permitted to carry out a regulated activity by the FCA or the PRA. This term includes a mutual (unincorporated) organisation, for example a friendly society.
  • FSA

    Financial Services Authority, was previously the UK's regulator for the finance industry. It was replaced by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on 1 April 2013.
  • Investment

    a financial product in which money can be invested to earn interest or profit (although the value of investments can go down as well as up).