The Private Finance Society has refuted as “merely incorrect” claims that £10m is ‘lacking’ from its funds.
The OurPFS marketing campaign group has claimed that £10m has been shifted from PFS funds to mother or father physique the Chartered Insurance coverage Institute.
In a press release to Monetary Planning Right now, Don MacIntryre, interim CEO of the PFS, denied the accusation and stated all the cash within the PFS accounts had been correctly accounted with no points raised by auditors.
Practically 300 Monetary Planners have signed an open letter to the Private Finance Society (PFS) board – organised by the OurPFS marketing campaign group – calling for a probe into an allegedly ‘lacking’ £10m in PFS funds campaigners declare is being held by the CII.
Mr MacIntyre stated the PFS had round £17m reserves on the finish of 2022 and about half of this cash (£10.8m on the finish of 2022) was being held “on demand” with the CII Group as ‘inter-company debt.’
He stated: “It’s merely incorrect to counsel that any PFS reserves are ‘lacking’ or have been ‘spent’ by the CII.
“PFS and CII accounts are independently audited yearly earlier than presentation to member AGMs. The PFS accounts for end-2022 have been printed on 19 September and the CII accounts shall be printed shortly.
“Auditors have signed-off each units of accounts every 12 months, with out qualification. The PFS had round £17m reserves at end-2022, with about half of this sum (£10.8m at finish 2022) held ‘on demand’ with the CII Group as inter-company debt. The CII maintains a money stability in extra of this excellent sum always.”
Members of the OurPFS marketing campaign group of Monetary Planners need solutions to their questions on the place the cash is held.
The dispute centres over the long run use of PFS funds by mother or father physique the CII. Critics have claimed that the CII is utilizing PFS funds to prop up the CII’s funds. In return, the CII and PFS say all funds are absolutely accounted for and the CII is finally accountable financially for its subsidiary the PFS. It stated each our bodies profit from the funds.
The OurPFS group, based by Monetary Planner Alasdair Walker, has been sad with the way in which the CII has dealt with its row with its PFS subsidiary over funds, governance and technique points.
In its open letter, despatched final week, the OurPFS group stated: “£10M of funds which can be constitutionally required for use for the unique advantage of PFS members are lacking, and regardless of asking for the higher a part of a 12 months, no person can inform me the place they’re.”
OurPFS needs an instantaneous switch of all PFS funds to an account within the sole identify and management of the PFS and an enterprise to not permit PFS funds to be ‘re-charged’, or ‘re-addressed’, or invoices for ‘previous changes’ to be accepted, on the premise that these might nicely be seen to be “fraudulent.”
Alasdair Walker of Our PFS disputed Mr MacIntyre’s assertion that members can see for themselves as a result of, he stated, he was not being supplied with data by the CII on the cash regardless of requests. He added that the recently-sent invitation to the forthcoming CII AGM didn’t connect any accounts data.
The letter is on the market at https://ourpfs.co.uk.