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The New London Plan: What’s The Latest?

In recent decades, London has excelled at creating jobs and opportunities. But at the same time, the City is still grappling with its housing crisis. To counter this, the new London plan was published in 2018 with ambitious strategies for housing reform and planning policy. The Plan was enthusiastically...

Business as usual? – The Conservative youth problem

This year’s Conference season highlighted the stark differences between the support base of the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. One Tory MP highlighted the party could be “out of business” unless they re-engaged with the needs of younger and minority ethnic voters. The Tories lagged two percentage points behind...

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Johnny Munro 25th Oct, 2018 Insight

Opportunities within the FCA’s high cost credit review

The findings from the FCA’s joint review into overdrafts and high-cost credit products are faintly damning and a potential death knell for firms operating under the auspice of the regulator. The FCA has been under pressure to deliver on better protection for vulnerable consumers for some time, and the results of this review will not be surprising to those who have lobbied for tighter controls on expensive credit. Directly in the firing line is Rent-to-own. The FCA’s findings make...

Subscription services: delivering value or threatening consumers’ rights?

The way we consume is changing.  Markets are seeing a shift away from ownership to rental or subscription ‘on-demand’ services such as streaming or fitness services. This market in the UK increased 11% on last year and 25% of UK adults now predict that they will be subscribing to more services in the next five years. While the commercial benefits have already been mapped out,...

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Johnny Munro 12th Apr, 2018 Insight 3 min read

Is the cashless revolution leaving people behind?

January traditionally marks the great return of the unwanted Christmas gift, either returned directly to a shop, or, more likely with the rise of internet shopping, to eBay. But if you’re that difficult person who everybody struggles to buy for, you might have just received money. But the days of physical currency now seem numbered. In the UK,...

A brutal 2018 for wholesale insurance broking?

The first three pages of the FCA’s 2017/18 business plan lay bare the changing nature of finance in the UK. Named ‘scene setting’ – the challenges facing the FCA might be better labelled as a ‘battleground’. The UK’s finance regulator has the task of grappling with a £7.3bn Peer to Peer sector, dealing with an explosion in risky motor finance deals and reversing the bleak statistic that...

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Johnny Munro 5th Dec, 2017 Insight 3 min read

Finally a regulator shaking it up rather than stifling business

Regulators are typically seen as stifling rather than promoting competition in business – the recent revocation of Uber’s licence in London has done little to help regulators’ cause. But one of the rare success stories of a regulator identifying a problem, consulting widely on it and not being afraid to defend its actions in the face of strong opposition from established players is open banking. It’s time to 

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Johnny Munro 12th Oct, 2017 Insight 3 min read

A shift in the balance of power? Welcome to the ‘buyer’s market’ of higher education.

2017 looks like being a seminal year for Higher Education in the UK. There has been a real shift away from universities holding the keys to students’ futures. Instead students’ decisions about their future are directly impacting the recruitment and retention strategy of institutions. In fairness, the considerable number of factors responsible for this shift have been bubbling away for a number of years and there is now an over-supply in the system. The new, tougher A-Level formats,...

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Johnny Munro 23rd Aug, 2017 Insight