Chief execs hit out at red tape burden

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A report conducted into the performance of the chief city watchdog, the Financial Services Authority, has found that nearly half of CEs thought that regulatory costs had become a burden, compared to just 35% in 1999.

The FSA also came in for criticism over the lack of guidance given to companies since it received its powers a year ago. And it came under fire for the complexity of the regulations handbook.

The FT quoted Donald Brydon, chairman of the Financial Services Practitioner panel as saying: ‘Overall the creation of a single regulator is viewed as beneficial, but there are a number of amber lights and we hope this informs the FSA about what they need to do about it.’

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