aimm has been successfully representing members’ interests to key regulators since 1995. aimm is at the forefront of regulatory change, ensuring that Members’ collaborative views on regulation are heard. aimm analyses every consultation released to check whether Member’s businesses could be affected and will then organise and deliver a response to the regulator, after member’s views and responses are collaborated. When a new consultation is released aimm will reach out to its members to call for feedback before delivering a considered and measured response.

  • 17/10/2016 Consultation Response: Special Conditions for Online Competition & Adult Services
    aimm welcomes the opportunity to respond to Phone-paid Services Authority 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 aimm in providing a comprehensive input to Phone-paid Services Authority, aimm researched its Members in the following manner;
    • Written input from Members
    • One-to-one discussions
    • Discussions inside aimm's Board and Member Working Groups
    Date Opened
    17th August 2016
    Deadline
    12th October 2016
  • 17/10/2016 Consultation Response: Regulatory Framework Policy – PRS Development
    PRS development through outcomes-focussed regulation: A Review of Phone-paid Services Authoritys’ regulatory framework Phone-paid Services Authority have asked aimm and its members to contribute to a review of their regulatory framework consultation. aimm welcomes the opportunity to respond to Phone-paid Services Authority 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
  • 03/10/2016 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. aimm 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
  • 03/06/2016 Phone-paid Services Authority Vulnerability Guidance

    PSA 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
    aimm Members worked extensively with Phone-paid Services Authority 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 aimm in our consultation response.  
    Date Opened
    23 March 2016
    Deadline
    18 May 2016
  • 03/06/2016 Phone-paid Services Authority Guidance Notes

    Phone-paid Services Authority are undertaking a public consultation on five pieces of Guidance that have been amended or developed afresh. They are seeking to offer clear and accessible Guidance to PRS providers and other stakeholders, and to keep Guidance under regular review. The consultation runs until 11 April 2016.

    The consultation comes after a widespread review into current Guidance. The Guidance Development Project considered each piece of Guidance and whether it required amendment. Scoping activities during the review included close dialogue with aimm to test their analysis. The five pieces of Guidance that have been amended or developed afresh relate to:
    • Advice services
    • Digital marketing and promotions
    • Enabling consumer spend control
    • Method of exit from a service
    • Subscription services
    aimm's response mainly focused on the tone of some guidance and the clarity of the information provided as we believe that this information should be clear to new participants and should encourage reading.
    Date Opened
    16 Feb 2016
    Deadline
    11 April 2016
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