STAR – the savings, investments, and pensions transfer awards scheme - grows by 50%
27 April 2023
STAR, the industry award scheme designed to combat delays in electronic transfer times, is now in its second year of awarding accreditations. The initiative addresses the industry’s inability to complete transfers in a timely manner, which can be a major source of frustration for people trying to access their savings, investments, and pensions.
The industry has fallen behind the rest of the financial services sector, with transfers often taking several weeks, sometimes even months, to finalise. The STAR initiative was launched to combat this and now has 27 brands being accredited – an increase of 50% from the last year.
Due to the complexity of the transfer process involving multiple entities and regulatory jurisdictions, the industry recognised the need for a collaborative effort to address the issue. Accordingly, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) called on the industry to address the problem and voluntarily get its house in order.
Two independent and not-for-profit organisations, Criterion and TeX, took on this challenge and now manage one of the most extensive cross-industry collaborations in the financial services industry. The STAR initiative rewards good transfer performance with bronze, silver and gold accreditations. STAR accreditation is designed to measure and accredit transfer performance across the sector and encourage improved performance.
The FCA has thrown its support behind STAR, which was introduced as an alternative to regulation or legislation. In their Dear CEO letters (Feb 2023) on Consumer Duty, they outlined the need for organisations to improve transfer times to fulfil the new rules. The FCA commenting said:
Andrew Marker, STAR Chair commenting, said:
There are 77 organisations participating in STAR in various states of readiness and 27 brands have been accredited. The categories of accreditation are:
- ISA and GIA
- Personal Pensions, SIPP and SSAS
- Occupational Pensions
- Asset Managers
STAR accreditations are based on several factors. One area of good performance can’t outweigh the poor performance in another. It is a balanced approach and awards are thoroughly checked before they are given to an organisation. STAR accreditations are measured on a range of Key Performance Indicators not only on the overall transfer time, as there are also a lot of mitigating factors to consider when reviewing the overall performance of an organisation.
STAR concluded that the best way to fairly judge an organisation was to set up a point based metric system with an organisation being scored on several key areas such as :
- The average number of days to transfer a customer’s assets
- How they communicate with their customers on that journey
Full details of the accreditations are available on our website.
2022 accreditations can be viewed here.
For further information please contact:
Commercial and Marketing Director
0773 765 0010
STAR was created as a collaboration between Criterion and TeX, combining the industry-reach, unique strengths, experience and shared ambition of the two not-for-profit organisations.
Criterion was formed for the industry in July 2017, as an independent, not-for-profit industry body providing Standards and Governance services. It was originally part of Origo Services Ltd and has been publishing process and integration standards for over 25 years. Criterion is uniquely positioned to facilitate and drive cross-industry engagement, helping organisations achieve higher levels of collaboration, reduce costs and achieve better outcomes for their consumers.
TeX is a not-for-profit organisation which works with the industry to ensure that the maximum benefit is provided to all members. This new company is financially independent from TISA but benefits from being linked to the TISA brand through name, the expertise provided by the two corporate entity directorships and the administrative support provided by TISA.