213 The compensation scheme.E+W+S+N.I.
(1)The Authority must by rules establish a scheme for compensating persons in cases where relevant persons are unable, or are likely to be unable, to satisfy claims against them.
(2)The rules are to be known as the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (but are referred to in this Act as “the compensation scheme”).
(3)The compensation scheme must, in particular, provide for the scheme manager—
(a)to assess and pay compensation, in accordance with the scheme, to claimants in respect of claims made in connection with regulated activities carried on (whether or not with permission) by relevant persons; and
(b)to have power to impose levies on authorised persons, or any class of authorised person, for the purpose of meeting its expenses (including in particular expenses incurred, or expected to be incurred, in paying compensation, borrowing or insuring risks).
(4)The compensation scheme may provide for the scheme manager to have power to impose levies on authorised persons, or any class of authorised person, for the purpose of recovering the cost (whenever incurred) of establishing the scheme.
(5)In making any provision of the scheme by virtue of subsection (3)(b), the Authority must take account of the desirability of ensuring that the amount of the levies imposed on a particular class of authorised person reflects, so far as practicable, the amount of the claims made, or likely to be made, in respect of that class of person.
(6)An amount payable to the scheme manager as a result of any provision of the scheme made by virtue of subsection (3)(b) or (4) may be recovered as a debt due to the scheme manager.
(7)Sections 214 to 217 make further provision about the scheme but are not to be taken as limiting the power conferred on the Authority by subsection (1).
(8)In those sections “specified” means specified in the scheme.
(9)In this Part (except in sections 219, 220 or 224) “relevant person” means a person who was—
(a)an authorised person at the time the act or omission giving rise to the claim against him took place; or
(b)an appointed representative at that time.
[F1(10)But a person who, at that time—
(a)qualified for authorisation under Schedule 3, and
(b)fell within a prescribed category in relation to any authorised activities,
is not to be regarded as a relevant person in relation to those activities, unless the person had elected to participate in the scheme in relation to those activities at that time.
(11)In subsection (10) “”, in relation to a person, means activities for which the person had, at the time mentioned in that subsection, permission as a result of any provision of, or made under, Schedule 3.]
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