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Category - Payment Services & Electronic Money

UK Finance makes Open Banking recommendations

UK Finance has published a report setting out its recommendations for the future strategy of open banking. Open banking payments have increased exponentially over the past 3 years and there are now over 2.5m each month...

PSR publishes card-acquiring services report

The PSR has published its final market review into the supply of card-acquiring services. The report concludes that the supply of card-acquiring services does not work well for SME merchants and large merchants with...

PSR responds on COP call for views

PSR issued its call for views on the wider implementation of Confirmation of Payee in May 2021.  It has now set out the findings from its call for views and its plans and expectation on industry for the next step. It...

FCA publishes 2020/21 Perimeter Report

The FCA has published its latest Perimeter Report, in which it calls for greater consumer protection and legislative change to address concerns beyond its remit. Highlights include recommendations that: duties on...

Government publishes Payments Landscape Review

The government has published its response to the 2020 Payments Landscape Review: Call for Evidence. The relevant consultation, which ran from 28 July 2020 to 20 October 2020, sought views from across the sector to be...

PSR panel publishes annual report

The PSR panel has published its annual report for 2020/21 which outlines how it has engaged with the PSR over the last year. Key themes that the panel highlighted over the last 12 months include the rapid acceleration...

FCA Chair speaks on risks of token regulation

Charles Randell, Chair of the FCA and PSR has delivered a speech on the risks of regulating crypto tokens. Speech highlights include: whilst platforms’ efforts to crack down on fraudulent advertisements are welcome, a...

Banks back Confirmation of Payee extension

Following Pay.UK’s confirmation that the reach of the Confirmation of Payee Service (CoP) will be extended, a group of the UK’s major banks has written to the PSR to provide a public commitment to deliver...

Next steps for the Consumer Duty

The FCA’s consultation on a new Consumer Duty has now closed and the FCA has outlined its next steps. After considering the responses, the FCA will set out the proposed text for any new rules in a second...

FCA publishes Business Plan

FCA’s 2021/22 Business Plan highlights: how FCA has to change as the environment in which it operates changes and how investment in technology and changes in culture are key to this; the need to enable customers...

More of FS Act comes into force

The second Commencement Order under the FS Act 2021 brings into force: on 28 June the provisions on forfeiture of money in relation to EMIs and payment institutions, as they extend to Northern Ireland; and on 1 July...

BoE speech: A new dawn for payments

Speaking at City Week 2021, Victoria Cleland (Executive Director for Banking, Payments and Innovation at the BoE) talked about the evolution of payments systems in the UK, the BoE’s vision for the future and the...

LSB updates on CRM code review

LSB has published its follow up review of the CRM Code in respect of firms’ approach to reimbursing customers. Provision R2(1)(c) of the Code allows firms to decline reimbursement in specific cases. LSB looked at...

Taskforce reports on regulatory reform

The Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform has provided its report on reshaping regulation in the UK to the Prime Minister. The report calls for: a common law approach proportionality in application...

EBA reports on industry readiness for SCA

The EBA has published a report on data provided by PSPs on their readiness to apply strong customer authentication (SCA) for e-commerce card-based payment transactions. Despite PSPs in some jurisdictions lagging behind...

PSR consults on new 5-year strategy

The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has announced plans for a new five-year strategy. The proposals set out an approach that aims to make sure payments and payment systems work well for everyone and that there is fair...

FSB consults on cross-border payments

The FSB is consulting on global targets for addressing the challenges of cross-border payments. The proposed targets set goals for improving cost, speed, transparency and access for cross-border payments in the coming...

FCA extends SCA deadline to March 2022

The FCA has extended the deadline for implementing Strong Customer Authentication for e-commerce transactions from 14 September 2021 to 14 March 2022. This further 6-month extension is in response to concerns about...

FCA writes to CEOs of EMIs on client money

FCA has written a Dear CEO letter asking e-money firms to write to their customers to explain how their money is protected. It is worried that these firms’ promotions to customers give the impression that their...

FCA consults on new Consumer Duty

The FCA has set out plans for a new Consumer Duty which will set clearer and higher expectations for firms’ standards of care towards consumers. It is hoped that the proposals will drive a shift in culture and behaviour...

FCA and PSR make statement on access to cash

A joint statement from FCA and PSR stresses that although there has been an overall decline in use of cash, withdrawals have started again as restrictions ease, and there must remain access to cash and banking services...

Banking industry supports access to cash

UK Finance and the UK’s largest retail banks and building societies have announced their commitment to continue to preserve access to cash for consumers and businesses over the long term. The 8 financial...

CMA publishes annual concurrency report

CMA has published its 2020/21 annual concurrency report outlining how CMA has worked alongside other regulators, including FCA, to enforce competition law across a range of industry sectors. Highlights from the report...

LSB updates CRM Code

The LSB has published updates to the CRM Code following its review.  The new provisions include those on governance and oversight, and will take effect from 14 June 2021.

Financial Services Bill passed by Lords

Following day three of its Report stage, the House of Lords has passed the Financial Services Bill with amendments. The final amendments to be agreed by the Lords include: an amendment that, in certain circumstances...

LSB looks at APP scam prevention

LSB has stressed the importance of preventing APP fraud in the first place, rather than just ensuring customers who suffer can be reimbursed – critical though that is. It notes that the increase in online and...

PSR publishes plan and budget

The PSR’s annual plan and budget for 2021/22 focuses on what it can do to improve outcomes by encouraging innovation and competition. It will look at scam prevention and access to cash, and will have a focus on...

EU consults on instant payments

The European Commission has launched a targeted consultation on instant payments.  Open until 2 June, the consultation seeks to get technical information from PSPs and providers of technical services, with a view to the...

FMLC responds on cryptoasset regulation

FMLC has responded to Treasury’s call for evidence on the regulation of cryptoassets and stablecoins. Unsurprisingly, it notes many legal uncertainties, not least how to identify a “token”, and...

FCA increases contactless payment thresholds

FCA has published a policy statement outlining the amendments to Article 11 of the  strong customer authentication RTS. The changes increase the single transaction threshold for contactless payments from £45 to £100 and...

LSB sets roadmap for CRM Code review

LSB has published its planned activities for 2021 including updates on the wording of the CRM Bode and a call for input.  Separate to its original plans it is already working on a review of the provision on its approach...

PSR consults on better consumer protection

The PSR is calling for views on: how to mandate reimbursing victims of APP scams: It thinks that a combination of requiring banks and building societies to publish their APP scam data, having a standardised approach to...

LSB publishes CRM Code review

The LSB has published its review into the CRM Code for APP scams. The review of the voluntary code looked to see how effective it has been in providing greater consumer protection, and to see whether it has had an...

CAP guidance on delayed payment services

In December the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) published new guidance on marketing communications for delayed payment services. This specifically relates to those services not regulated by the FCA. The guidance...

BoE Financial Stability Report

The Bank of England published the Financial Stability Report for December. The report sets out the Financial Policy Committee’s view on the stability of the UK financial system and what it is doing to remove or...

EC speaks on evolving payments market

In her speech, EU Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager discussed the impact of the Interchange Fee Regulation and noted that: technology has resulted in a proliferation of payment methods available to...

FCA makes new rules

FCA’s latest Handbook Notice confirms it has made the following rules at its last 3 board meetings: changes to reflect the extension of various SMCR deadlines as a result of the pandemic (made in October); the...

HM Treasury extends consultation deadlines

Financial Services Future Regulatory Framework Review Phase II Consultation – further to the consultation document published on 19 October 2020, the consultation has been extended by one month to 19 February 2021...

EBA reminds firms to finalise Brexit plans

EBA has reminded firms that, from the end of the transition period, UK firms can no longer provide services to EU customers on a passporting basis. It notes that: UK financial institutions offering services to EU...

Pay.UK: Consumer Protection Landscape

Pay.UK published a paper yesterday providing an overview of the UK consumer protection landscape relating to disputed payment transactions. The paper sets out the payments landscape, the consumer protection landscape...

Feedback to CP20/18 on eIDAS published

The FCA today published PS20/13: Amendments to the open banking identification requirements (eIDAS) certificate).  This policy statement sets out the feedback to CP20/18 and sets out the near final rules amending...

FSB issues final report on CIRR toolkit

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published its final report on a toolkit of effective practices for financial institutions’ cyber incident response and recovery (CIRR). The toolkit aims to assist financial...