Policy paper

CMA’s response to BIS call for evidence on consumer fining powers

Sets out the CMA’s support for the government’s proposal to introduce civil fining powers for breaches of consumer protection legislation.



This response outlines the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) support for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills proposal (BIS) to introduce civil fining powers to allow enforcers to better deal with breaches of consumer protection legislation.

The CMA believes that the power for the courts, or an enforcer, to impose civil fines would improve its ability to take effective enforcement action where businesses breach consumer law, to the benefit of consumers and fair dealing businesses.

Published 6 May 2016