Consultations

  • Consultation response: PSA Budget 2017

    The Phone-paid Services Authority today publishes for consultation its Business Plan and Budget 2017/18. The consultation sets out how we seek to meet our strategic priorities and ensure consumer protection in the phone-paid services market.

    AIME’s response to this consultation is attached.


    Date Opened: 14th December 2016
    Deadline: 27th Jan 2017
    Consultation URL: Consultation response: PSA Budget 2017
    Response Document: Consultation response: PSA Budget 2017
  • Consultation Response: Special Conditions for Online Competition & Adult Services

    AIME welcomes the opportunity to respond to PhonepayPlus Consultation on its proposals for developing the regulatory framework to ensure that the regulation of premium rate services and premium rate charging mechanics is fit for purpose as consumers and their surrounding technologies evolve.

    To assist AIME in providing a comprehensive input to PhonepayPlus, AIME researched its Members in the following manner;

    • Written input from Members
    • One-to-one discussions
    • Discussions inside AIMEs Board and Member Working Groups

    Date Opened: 17th August 2016
    Deadline: 12th October 2016
    Consultation URL: Consultation Response: Special Conditions for Online Competition & Adult Services
    Response Document: Consultation Response: Special Conditions for Online Competition & Adult Services
  • Consultation Response: Regulatory Framework Policy – PRS Development

    PRS development through outcomes-focussed regulation: A Review of PhonepayPlus’ regulatory framework

    PhonepayPlus have asked AIME and its members to contribute to a review of their regulatory framework consultation.

    AIME welcomes the opportunity to respond to PhonepayPlus Consultation on its proposals for developing the regulatory framework to ensure that the regulation of premium rate services and premium rate charging mechanics is fit for purpose as consumers and their surrounding technologies evolve.


    Date Opened: 17th August 2016
    Deadline: 14th October 2016
    Consultation URL: Consultation Response: Regulatory Framework Policy – PRS Development
    Response Document: Consultation Response: Regulatory Framework Policy – PRS Development
  • Gift Aid and Intermediaries Technical Consultation

    The UK Government announced at Autumn Statement 2013 that it would give intermediaries, operating within the charity sector, a greater role in administering Gift Aid. Since then, the Government has published provisions in Finance Bill 2015 and 2016 to support this aim. The Government has also produced draft secondary legislation which sets out, in detail, the way in which this greater role will work. This consultation sets out those draft Regulations and asks for comments to ensure they achieve the desired outcome.

    AIME believes that the outcome will be achieved for intermediaries, but not for a universal Gift Aid Declaration made for text based donations to multiple charities. The unintended outcome of this legislation is to incorrectly define an intermediary so that text Aggregators are affected, to require a citizen to renew their declaration annually and to force intermediaries to send statements to donors where a text message linking to an online statement would be adequate.


    Date Opened: 10th August 2016
    Deadline: 5th October 2016
    Consultation URL: Gift Aid and Intermediaries Technical Consultation
    Response Document: Gift Aid and Intermediaries Technical Consultation
  • PhonepayPlus Vulnerability Guidance

    PhonepayPlus published a public consultation on vulnerability guidance in March 2016.

    The proposed Guidance is intended to:

    • Assist providers to interpret the Code and remain compliant with it
    • Assist providers to proactively ensure they mitigate any risks of taking unfair advantage of vulnerable consumers
    • Contribute to building trust in the market
    • Define who is likely to be considered as vulnerable consumers by detailing some of the characteristics and circumstances that may lead to a situation of vulnerability

    AIME Members worked extensively with PhonepayPlus prior to the guidance being written to ensure that the Guidance was fair, pragmatic and provided information to providers to help manage risks. The risks identified were when vulnerable people used premium rate services and when marketing was targeted at a vulnerability (e.g. debt management) or a vulnerable group (e.g. children).

    As a result of the pre-consultation work, very few comments were made by AIME in our consultation response.

     


    Date Opened: 23 March 2016
    Deadline: 18 May 2016
    Consultation URL: PhonepayPlus Vulnerability Guidance
    Response Document: PhonepayPlus Vulnerability Guidance
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