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CMA gets £47m refunds on overdraft charges

CMA has announced that over the past 2 years it has secured more than £47m of refunds for customers in respect of overdrafts where banks failed properly to warn them about unarranged overdraft charges. It has now taken...

FCA responds on economic impact of Covid-19

The Treasury Committee has published a copy of a letter from FCA answering its questions on the economic impact of Covid-19.  The letter explains: the steps FCA has taken to ensure the credit ratings of customers taking...

CRR amending Regulation progresses

The European Parliament is to consider the proposed Regulation amending the CRR in its plenary session on 17-18 June.  Meanwhile, the ECB has published its opinion on the proposals, which are aimed at addressing some of...

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...

LSB publishes business plan and budget

LSB’s Business Plan and Budget for 2020/21 has been published.  It was drafted before the Covid-19 outbreak, and LSB wants to continue with it so far as possible, while accepting it may need to adapt some of the...

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...

Regulator Covid-19 update 7 May

On 7 May: PRA announced details of its plans to support firms and enable them and the PRA to focus on the highest priority work: The Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario is postponed until at least mid-2021; full...

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...

Covid-19: access to restricted savings

FCA has updated its Covid-19 information for firms  in respect of consumers needing to access restricted savings. Research shows that over 20% of consumers have had to access their savings recently, and that several...

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;...

FCA publishes skilled person data

FCA has publicised the number of skilled persons reports commissioned in January to March 2020. It commissioned 24 in total, of which 9 related to retail banking and 6 to retail lending.  6 of the reports were on...

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 27 April

On 27 April: FCA has clarified the relationship between its rules and the UK’s CBILS and Bounce Back Loan schemes.  It notes that, pending the roll-out of the BBL scheme, which, from 4 May,  will give small...

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...

PRA publishes buffer usage FAQs

PRA has published a set of FAQs on using liquidity and capital buffers in response to the issues caused by Covid-19. The FAQs address what the buffers are, how banks can use them and the implications of them doing so...

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...

EVENT: Retail Banking Mixer

Our next Retail Banking Mixer will be held by webinar instead of in our London and Edinburgh offices.   We’d be delighted if you could join us on Thursday 23rd April at 10am.  Topics covered will be:  ...

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...

Overdrafts and Coronavirus: New Rules

As noted earlier, the FCA has published the new rules that firms require to implement by 14 April 2020.  In relation to the overdrafts, the FCA has implemented two measures (1) interest free overdrafts and (2) overdraft...

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...

PSR publishes APP scam thoughts

The PSR has published a summary of a conference call between key players in the payments industry to discuss the progress being made in tackling APP scams. It decided to go ahead with the call, not least as Covid-19 has...

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 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...

Emergency consultation by the FCA

The FCA has proposed a range of targeted temporary measures designed to quickly support users of certain consumer credit products who are facing a financial impact due to coronavirus. The package is intended to...

FLA gets firms access to CBIL Scheme

FLA has successfully negotiated with the Government to get access for independent and non-bank lenders to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. It says this was critical to allow firms to continue to run...

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...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 25 March

On 25 March: Treasury, BoE and FCA have written to the CEOs of UK banks on Covid-19 and bank lending.  The letter explains how the Covid Corporate Financing Facility will help firms of investment grade or equivalent...

Contactless limit increasing

UK Finance announced today that the card transactional contactless limit will be increasing from £30 to £45 with the roll out starting on 1 April. The changes may take a while for retailers to implement, especially...

CMA varies Santander directions

CMA has varied the Directions to Santander in respect of its Open Banking Release. It had previously varied the directions in January 2019 and considers Santander’s continued failure to comply with the...

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...

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...

Up next from FCA

FCA plans the following publications: consultation on exit fees in investment platforms and comparable firms (March); consultation on listing of OEICs (Q1); consultation on changes to DEPP, EG and the financial crime...

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...

Have a look at our retail banking timeline

In conjunction with the FIN. blog, we have today launched a retail banking timeline over on the Womble Bond Dickinson website.  Our timeline highlights key dates, legislation, events and insights relevant to the retail...

APP Scams Interim Funding Extension

UK Finance confirmed on 27 February  that the payment service providers who have provided the interim funding arrangement  since May last year, have agreed to extend their funding to the end of the year (31/12/20). This...

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...

Mental Health: Practical Guide

The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute and the Money Advice Trust have jointly created a practical guide to understanding and evidencing customers’ mental health problems. The guide is aimed primarily at...

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...

Latest current account data released

The FCA has today published the latest table of data provided to them by current account providers (both business and personal).  The data allows consumers and small businesses to compare the services provided by each...

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 Update: Basic Bank Accounts

The FCA has published their findings today (11/02/20) following a review of how 5 of the 9 banks, who provide Basic Bank Accounts (BBAs), give information about them to their customers. The object was to understand how...

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 updates on skilled persons figures

FCA has published its latest figures on the numbers of skilled persons reports it has commissioned. During Q3 of 2019/2020 it commissioned 10 – of which 5 related to wholesale financial markets, 2 each to retail...

EBA begins 2020 EU-wide stress test

The stress test is designed to provide banks, supervisors and other market participants with a common analytical framework to consistently assess and compare the resilience of EU banks to economic shocks. As in previous...

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: Overdraft Pricing Request

The FCA has written to firms today  requesting details about how they have reached their overdraft prices and the measures firms have put in place to protect consumers.  In particular the FCA is asking all firms to...

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...

PRA publishes Pillar 2 policy statement

PRA has published its feedback to its consultation on updating the Pillar 2 capital framework in respect of capital buffers, and updated Statements of Policy and Supervisory Statements to include the changes.  The...

Dear CEO letter re FSA047/048 returns

Given the progress of the UK Withdrawal Bill, the PRA has confirmed through a Dear CEO letter that relevant financial institutions no longer need to submit FSA047/048 returns after 22 January 2020. This return had been...

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...

UK Finance explains COP

UK Finance has updated its website to explain how banks are introducing Confirmation of Payee over the next few months, to give customers greater assurance that they are sending payments to the right recipient. UK...

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 –...

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...

Basel Framework published

BIS has published a consolidated version of the standards prepared by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. The resulting Basel Framework pulls together the 14 standards and also includes current, historic and...

EPC notes key payment threats

The European Payments Council has published its third annual Payment Threats and Fraud Trends report. The report discusses the risks and trends, including those caused by: social engineering; malware; “advanced...

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...