As the political parties' autumn conference season gets underway, we can look forward to plenty of interest in Parliament for the financial services sector in the autumn. The government will press on with its plans to strengthen the tripartite regulatory system, the Equality Bill will head for the statute book (although there are rumours that Lord Mandelson thinks it should be dropped because it is "unfriendly" to business), there may be some compensation offered to Equitable Life policyholders and the penalties for uninsured drivers could be extended. A diverse range of issues and many of those will be reflected in the autumn programme for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Insurance & Financial Services.
This group is one of the busiest All Party Groups in Parliament and attracts a broad membership (APPGmembers.pdf) from the three main parties and from both the Commons and the Lords. Although this Parliament has only a few months to run plenty of organisations right across the financial services sector see the importance of engaging with Parliament.