In the ever-evolving realm of financial services, the 2024 implementation of Consumer Duty Closed Book regulation presents a considerable challenge for firms.
To ensure compliance with the Four Outcomes of the FCA Consumer Duty Act and deliver an exceptional customer experience, firms must implement a comprehensive approach to measuring and evidencing Four Outcome and overall Consumer Duty performance.
IIC Consumer Duty measurement and evidencing solutions fall in to a handful of categories:
- Essential: Get an overview of our Four Outcome customer outcomes assessment for your Board Report and ongoing monitoring. Measure your customer outcomes directly against the Four Outcomes, new vs long-term customers, highest risk journeys and department or function. Includes NPS scoring in a one-off but repeatable approach – £5,000 + VAT.
- Real-time Journey Based: Customer journey touchpoints aligned to the Four Outcomes of Consumer Duty with automated surveying – cost dependent on programme size.
- Four Outcome Assessment: One off (but repeatable) email survey to group of customers identifying stage in product life cycle, and asking about company performance vs one or all of Four Outcomes - cost dependent on programme size – £7,000 + VAT.
- Consumer Document Testing: Document understanding testing through email surveys showing customers documents to test clarity, and ask for feedback – £3,500 + VAT per document.
- IIC 360 Consumer Duty Assessment: IIC’s traditional 360 Gold/Silver/Bronze assessment with the addition of Consumer Duty specific questions – cost dependent on programme size.
- Internal Gap Analysis: Analysis through an internal survey around how well organisation performs vs key business drivers of Consumer Duty – £5,000 + VAT.
Get in touch with Investor in Customers if you want to learn how we can help your business measure and evidence its Consumer Duty and Four Outcome performance...
WHAT IS CONSUMER DUTY?
Consumer Duty is the new framework that dictates the level of care regulated firms must provide, ensuring they act in the interests of consumers through the full life cycle of the products or services they offer.
It is comprised of a Consumer Principle defining overall standards, three Cross Cutting Rules defining an expected structure of behaviours, and Four Outcomes that all consumers should expect:
Regulated firms will have to be ready for the upcoming deadlines below:
- Apr 2023: Firms must must have finished their review of new and existing open products and services.
- Jul 2023: Firms must be able to evidence compliance vs new and existing products and services.
- Jul 2024: Firms must be able to evidence compliance vs closed book products and services.
NPS / CSAT / CES can't directly evidence the experience you offer versus the Cross Cutting Rules or Four Outcomes of Consumer Duty, and traditional methods of assessment need updating.
Our short explainer below from IIC Director James Edmonds explains the Consumer Duty basics you need to know:
WHAT ARE THE FOUR OUTCOMES?
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
To achieve Outcome 1 of the FCA Consumer Duty Act, firms must ensure that their products and services are fit for purpose. This means designing products and services that meet the needs of their target consumers and that work as expected.
Firms should ensure that the terms and conditions of their products and services are transparent, easily understood, and do not contain any unfair or misleading terms. They should also provide clear and accurate information about the features and benefits of their products and services.
PRICE AND VALUE
To achieve Outcome 2 of the FCA Consumer Duty Act, firms must ensure that products and services are sold at a price that reflects their value. Firms should not charge excessively high fees or commissions that do not reflect the value of the products and services they are providing.
To ensure transparency, firms should clearly disclose any fees or charges that may be incurred by the consumer. This includes ensuring that the costs and charges associated with products and services are clear, concise, and easily understandable.
To achieve Outcome 3 of the FCA Consumer Duty Act, firms must ensure that consumers are equipped to make good decisions. This means providing information that is clear, concise, and understandable, so that consumers can make informed decisions about the products and services they are considering.
Firms should make sure that the information they provide is relevant and timely, and that it is easily accessible to consumers. This includes providing information about the risks and benefits of the products and services and ensuring that consumers understand the potential costs and charges associated with them.
To achieve Outcome 4 of the FCA Consumer Duty Act, firms must ensure that their customer service is responsive and helpful. This includes making it easy for consumers to complain about or switch and cancel products and services if they are not satisfied.
Firms should provide clear information about how to make a complaint, and should handle complaints in a timely and effective manner. They should also provide clear information about how to switch or cancel products and services, and should not impose unreasonable barriers or charges to doing so.
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Book a meeting with James to discuss...
- How you are measuring and evidencing your Consumer Duty and Four Outcome performance
- Your current customer and employee experiences
- How Investor in Customers can help you
- Any questions or queries you may have
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IIC help us to develop both our external customer relationships and internal culture. I'm really pleased with the way that we are challenged to make necessary changes to our mindset and processes
We found IIC’s assessment to be extremely thorough, with the four principled, 16-themed approach resulting in very detailed feedback. The findings have enabled us to clearly see what we are doing well, and where we can do even better, making what they do great value for money
We find the IIC process highly useful. It tracks our progress, identifies if our staff and management are aligned with our customer objectives. We also love the fact that it is statistically significant and objective
Delivering exceptional client service is at the heart of our business. The assessment process and customer journey mapping work we've undertaken with IIC has been invaluable in providing independent insight into how we can continually improve our business. It is a powerful, recognised accreditation, which we actively use in the marketplace.
In the last 10 months we have been fortunate enough to receive 5 awards from our peers within the insurance industry. One area that sets us apart from our competition, and was mentioned by the judges, is our relationship with IIC. For us this is a clear differentiator from our competition and is solid evidence of the service that we deliver to our clients. It's easy to say you deliver good customer service - we can prove it
Having worked with Investor in Customers on previous customer engagement activities, Tandem were keen to take advantage of the opportunity to work with IIC in relation to the new Consumer Duty Principle. The output from these initial surveys has been used to support our internal assessment against the four outcomes.
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