How to contribute to the public consultation on plans to expand the Dormant Assets Scheme – deadline for comments 16 April 2020.

The Government is currently seeking views on its intention to expand the dormant assets scheme from bank and building society accounts to also cover insurance, investment and wealth management, and securities products.

The consultation will close at 23:59 on Thursday 16 April 2020.

Since its 2011 launch, over £600 million has been redistributed to good causes, with 30 organisations, including all major high street banks, voluntarily transferring dormant funds into the scheme.

Over £400 million has been used to establish Big Society Capital, while in March 2019, Fair4All Finance was established with an allocation of £55 million to support the financial wellbeing of vulnerable people.

The Youth Futures Foundation was also allocated £90 million to help unemployed, disadvantaged young people across the country into jobs.

The Government is now launching a consultation on its plans to expand the scheme. The public consultation follows an industry-led report that made a series of recommendations on how to broaden the current scheme beyond bank and building society accounts.

The Government is consulting on expanding the scheme to the following sectors:

o Insurance and pensions.
o Investment and wealth management, and
o Securities.

Assets proposed to be within the scope of the expansion include:

o Dormant insurance policy proceeds.
o Dormant share proceeds.
o Dormant unit proceeds.
o Dormant distributions and proceeds from investment assets, and
o Other dormant security distributions.

Customers will always be able to reclaim the same amount they would have had if their assets were never transferred, as they do in the current scheme, and companies would continue to participate on a voluntary basis.

For further details about the consultation and how you can contribute your views, go to the GOV.UK website.

Image: the Youth Futures Foundation was allocated £90
million from the dormant assets scheme. The Foundation
helps unemployed, disadvantaged young people across
the country into jobs.

Sources: UK Fundraising and GOV.UK.