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PRA updates on ISPV supervision

PRA has updated on authorisation and supervision of insurance SPVs following consultation, and has published updated rules, an updated supervisory statement and an updated multi-arrangement insurance SPV new risk...

Government publishes draft EU/UK FTA

The Government has published a draft Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the UK and EU. Chapter 17 of the agreement relates to financial services, which it defines as “any service of a financial nature...

FCA updates on Innovation Hub help

FCA has updated its information on requesting Innovation Hub support in light of Covid-19. It wants to hear from firms who have creative and innovative solutions to the challenges the virus is posing, and is...

FCA updates on Covid-19 and complaints

FCA has updated its webpage on  how firms should be handling consumers’ complaints during Covid-19. The page explains that FCA has asked firms to prioritise making payments where consumers have accepted offers or...

FCA sets out planned initiatives

FCA has published a grid prepared by the Financial Services Regulatory Initiatives Forum setting out the regulatory pipeline for the next 12 months.  The forum comprises FCA, PRA, BoE, the PSR and the CMA, with Treasury...

Government sets out equivalence views

John Glen has written to the Chair of the European Scrutiny Committee explaining the Government’s stance on equivalence in financial services.  The Government cannot provide great detail given the early stage of...

Up next from FCA

Unsurprisingly, FCA’s recent publications have almost exclusively focused on Covid-19. However, in BAU, it still proposes: a consultation on exit fees on investment platforms and comparable firms over the summer;...

Regulator Covid-19 update 1 May

On 1 May, FCA: announced proposals for a Court declaration on business interruption claims proposed guidance for insurers on assessing whether products still offer value and appropriate action to take where they do not...

UK and Switzerland work to strengthen ties

Economiesuisse and The CityUK have been working on a joint position paper setting out how to strengthen the countries’ relationship in the time of coronavirus and in the future. In terms of financial services, the...

Regulator Covid-19 update 23 April

On 23 April: PRA followed up on its letter to insurers, noting that all insurers should consider carefully the previous letter and guidance on use of unrated assets and assessments of creditworthiness, and the...

Regulator Covid-19 update 22 April

On 22 April FCA published a new webpage on PII cover for financial advisers. It recognises that firms may be concerned about their ability to renew their PII during the Covid-19 crisis, which may impact on their...

PRA updates on skilled persons reports

PRA has published details of the skilled persons reports it commissioned in Q3 2019/20. There were 8 in total, of which 3 related to technology and information management in banks, and 2 to controls and risk management...

FCA publishes complaints figures for H2 2019

The FCA has today published the complaints figures for regulated firms for the second half of 2019. The data showed an increase in complaints from 4.29m in the first half of 2019 to 6.02m in the second half of 2019. In...

FOS updates on Covid-19 activities

The latest edition of Ombudsman News focuses on: how it is working to help complainants during the Covid-19 crisis, including on how it has changed its helpline hours – for which it apologises but asks that it...

PRA publishes Business Plan

PRA has published its Business Plan for 2020/21.  Like FCA, PRA comments that Covid-19 has made it reassess its plans and reprioritise its work, and it will continue to assess the effects of the outbreak on its actions...

PRA consults on fees

PRA has published its consultation on fees and levies for 2020/21. The consultation covers: the fee rates to meet the Annual Funding Requirement, which has increased by 8% from the current year, primarily because of...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 8 April

On 8 April: PRA welcomed the decision by some insurance companies to pause dividends. The decisions followed PRA’s letter of 31 March; PRA’s credit union supervision team wrote to firms explaining...

FCA consults on fees

FCA has published its fees and levies proposals for 2020/2021.  Covid-19 has affected FCA’s plans, and it is taking action to protect small and medium sized firms from the burden of regulatory fees.  Comments are...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 7 April

Regulatory fatigue may be starting to set in, as there were fewer regulatory announcements directly consequent on Covid-19 on 7 April. FCA made its rules on deferring commencement of various handbook provisions on...

FCA Business Plan 20/21

The FCA published its business plan for the coming year this morning.  The plan focuses around 5 key priorities for the year.  It has been significantly reshaped because of coronavirus as it was intended to show the...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 6 April

On 6 April, the regulators further update their Covid-19 measures: FCA updated its expectations on solo-regulated firms in respect of the SMCR; FCA published a summary of queries it has received on client assets...

Regulator Covid-19 update 3 April

On 3 April: PRA and FCA updated dual-regulated firms on how their should deal with furloughing and compliance with the SMCR; EBA published guidelines on the criteria for public and private moratoria applied before 30...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 2 April

On 2 April, the main regulatory initiative was FCA’s emergency consultation on consumer protection measures in the regulated lending markets.  Also: PRA and Treasury confirmed the delay of Basel 3.1 by one year...

Regulator Covid-19 update 1 April

Further updates from the regulators, in addition to FCA’s Dear CEO letter to retail investment firms, include: PRA welcoming the agreement by the boards of large UK banks to suspend dividends and buybacks on...

Lords calls for UK/EU cooperation

The House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Committee has written to Rishi Sunak urging the government to set up a structured dialogue with the EU that will support cross-border financial services.  It wants: to minimise...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 26 March

On 26 March: FCA, while confirming its intention to be flexible to allow firms to keep operating, noted that they should also be planning ahead and ensuring sound management of their financial resources. It says buffers...

Government confirms extension of TTP

In a statement to Parliament, Lord Agnew of Oulton, the Minister of State, has noted a statement from Treasury that it expects “in general” the same laws and rules to apply as the transition period ends, it...

Covid-19 regulator update 24 March

Late on 23 and on 24 March: PRA announced amendments to regulatory reporting for insurers in response to EIOPA’s recommendations. There will be between 2-8 weeks’ delay for most aspects of harmonised...

EIOPA takes Covid-19 action

EIOPA has set out its expectations on insurers as they try to manage the risks Covid-19 presents. Its key messages are: the importance of business continuity. It says regulators can help by being flexible on supervisory...

FCA issues Covid-19 guidance for consumers

The FCA has explained that is working closely with the Government, the Bank of England, the Payment Systems Regulator and firms to ensure markets continue to work well for consumers. This includes making regular contact...

EU writes to Chancellor on equivalence

Valdis Dombrovskis has written to Rishi Sunak on equivalence assessments. The letter merely notes that both sides should start to assess equivalence as soon as possible, on the basis of the Political Declaration, with a...

FOS looks at insurance coverage

FOS’s latest Ombudsman News looks at: coronavirus: so far, FOS has not seen many complaints on the impact of the virus, but expects it will see more complaints particularly in relation to travel insurance, medical...

Treasury feeds back on pre-paid funeral plans

Treasury has published the outcome of its consultation on pre-paid funeral plans. Respondents to its consultation were concerned at current consumer detriment, and called for compulsory regulation for the sector. The...

Treasury consults on UK/Gibraltar FS access

Treasury is consulting on the post-Brexit market access arrangements between the UK and Gibraltar. Constitutionally, Gibraltar is an Overseas Territory with internal self-government. Responsibility for financial...

PRA writes to chairs on board diversity

PRA has written to the chairs of dual regulated firms reinforcing the importance it places on diversity within boards for improving decision making and providing effective challenge. It reminds firms it expects them to...

EIOPA speaks on digital finance risks

Fausto Parente, EIOPA executive director, has spoken on managing the risks of digital finance in cyber underwriting.  He spoke of the value of data to insurers in enabling them to customise customer products, but the...

ECB Speech: Climate Change in FS

Christine Lagarde made a speech on climate change and the financial sector on 27 February 2020.  Christine identified both the threat and significant opportunity caused by climate change. She urged central banks to...

More UK/EU policies revealed

The Government has published a policy paper on its approach to the future relationship with the EU. It sets out the Government’s suite of proposals, based around the desire for a comprehensive Free Trade...

Dormant Assets Scheme Consultation

This morning, HM Treasury published a consultation document setting out its proposals for expanding the dormant assets scheme. The consultation discusses the background to the current scheme and then sets out proposals...

FSB priorities published

The FSB published a letter addressed to all G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on 18 February 2020. The letter sets out the areas that the FSB are focusing their efforts on.  All of the measures are to...

Financial services after Brexit updates

The EU Financial Affairs Sub-committee has opened an inquiry into financial services after Brexit and has been taking evidence. Most recently it has been questioning the BoE and FCA.  They largely discussed the key...

FCA publishes annual sector views

The FCA has just published its annual sector views report which comprises a state of the nation in terms of the financial services industry. The report sets out the drivers for change in each financial services sector...

EP publishes negotiating mandate with UK

The European Parliament has published its proposed mandate for a new partnership with the UK.  The declaration acknowledges that the “close relationship” that will subsist and which, according to the...

FCA guidance to GI distribution chain

We have written an article about FCA’s findings on potential harm caused by the general insurance distribution chain and its guidance to firms in the sector setting out its expectations of them.

Up next from FCA

The latest Policy Development Update highlights the following publications before the end of Q1 2020: policy statement on fees and levies; consultation on exit fees in investment platforms and comparable firms;...

ESMA outlines sustainable finance strategy

On 6 February, ESMA published its sustainable finance strategy which sets out how ESMA plans to focus on sustainability. ESMA’s key priorities include: completing the regulatory framework on transparency...

FCA makes travel insurance PEMC rules

FCA has published its policy statement and final rules to help consumers with serious pre-existing medical conditions to understand the travel insurance market better.  The new requirements will: require firms that sell...

FCA writes strategy letter to platforms

FCA’s latest  portfolio strategy letter to CEOs has been sent to platforms. It starts by making the point that it expects firms will have used the SMCR to ensure clear accountability within senior management and...

FCA updates further on post-Brexit issues

FCA has further updated its website with information on Brexit and Temporary Directions.  It explains how: It will not need to use the Temporary Transitional Power it had previously made directions under, as the...

FCA and Lloyds update on Brexit

FCA and Lloyd’s have both issued releases confirming how firms should act in the immediate aftermath of Brexit. FCA confirmed that during the implementation period to 31 December EU law will continue to apply. So...

DExEU updates on FS equivalence post-Brexit

The Department for Exiting the EU has published an updated communication from the European Commission on equivalence in the area of financial services.  The documentation notes that temporary equivalence decisions are...

FSCS announces Plan and Budget

FSCS has published its full Plan and Budget for 2020/2021. As well as the indicative levy of £635m (£87m more than the current year, mainly because of a rise in SIPP operator claims) and management expenses budget of...

Up next from FCA

FCA plans a number of important publications during Q1 2020 including: consultation on exit fees in investment platforms and comparable firms potential policy statement on general insurance value reporting measures and...

EVENT: Retail Banking Mixer

Bringing together professionals in the insurance, banking and other financial services sectors, we will be hosting the first of our quarterly RETAIL BANKING MIXERS at our Edinburgh office on 9th January from 4pm –...

FCA calls for input on open finance

FCA has launched a Call for Input on Open Finance. The concept builds on the principles of open banking and extends it to a wider range of products.  FCA has a vision that open finance will allow consumers and...

FCA fines CMC for misleading communications

FCA has published its first fine since taking over regulation of Claims Management Companies. It has fined Professional Personal Claims Limited £70,000 for misleading customers through its website and printed materials...

FOS consults on plans and budget

FOS has published its consultation on its strategic plans and budget for 2020/2021. Next year, it expects to receive 245,000 complaints and resolve 290,000 (just under half in each case relating to PPI).  It expects to...

Up next from FCA

FCA’s latest Policy Development Update indicates several key publications scheduled for Q1 2020, including: potential policy statement on general insurance value measures reporting; consultation or discussion...

FCA publishes IDD general good table

FCA has published on its website the IDD “general good” rules that apply to incoming firms. The table refers to the existing guidance in SUP 13A Annex 1, and notes that many parts of FCA’s rules apply...