Tag Archives: PSR

PSR reports on contactless mobile payments

The Payment Systems Regulator has published a report on contactless mobile payments (CMPs). It sees this as a growth area as people become more comfortable with using it, more contactless pay-points are available and functionality improves. As a result, it wanted to be sure it understood relevant issues and the effects of the sector on […]

FCA and PSR Chair discusses potential future algocracy

Charles Randell, the recently appointed Chair of the FCA and the PSR, has delivered a speech, in which he discussed the increasing dominance of algorithms in our day to day lives, and noted some of the consequent issues that will need to be grappled with, as  the rise of Big Data, AI and machine learning […]

PSR updates on fees

The Payment Services Regulator has published a policy statement following its review of the regulatory fees regime.  It has now set out its decisions, and published a standalone document on fees figures for 2018/19.

PSR reports record payment services activity

The Payment Systems Regulator’s annual report says 2017 was a record-breaking year for new participants, and it expects many more PSPs to join in 2018. Its early projections suggest 11 PSPs could become direct participants in CHAPS, Faster Payments and Bacs during the year, as opposed to 4 new joiners in 2016. It also reports […]

Payment Systems Regulator explains focus on UK’s ATM network

The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has published a letter sent by it to the Chair of the Treasury Select Committee regarding the UK’s ATM network. The letter sets out the PSR’s continued commitment to ensuring access to ‘free to use’ ATMs, and describes its ongoing program of work on the ATMs network. The letter also […]

Charles Randell becomes new FCA and PSR chair

Charles Randell CBE has been appointed the new chair of FCA and the PSR with effect from 1 April.

PSR update on authorised push payment scams and reimbursement model consultation

The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has provided an update on progress in relation to authorised push payment (APP) scams, where fraudsters trick customers into instructing their banks to make a payment to what the customer believes is a legitimate account. Following a Which? super-complaint in September 2016, PSR, FCA and the payments industry developed a work […]

PSR updates on payment scam work

PSR published its initial findings following its investigation into authorised push payment scams at the end of 2016. It plans to publish a progress report in November, with its thoughts on the next steps.

PSR publishes consultation on Direct Debit Facilities Management: Switching providers

The Payment Systems Regulator has published its Consultation on provisional conclusions and proposals to change the Direct Debit rules relating to the switching of Facilities Management providers. Organisations wishing to collect money from their customers via Direct Debit (such as charities and local councils) must be approved, or ‘sponsored’, by a bank or building society […]

Payments strategy forum releases its consultation on the blueprint for the future of UK payments

The Forum has published its Blueprint for the Future of UK Payments for public consultation until 22nd September 2017. The Consultation is an opportunity for everyone to have their say on the detailed design for the New Payments Architecture (NPA) and the future of payments in the UK. The Forum is hosting a Consultation Briefing Session […]

PSR publishes annual report

The PSR’s annual report, its third, highlights how the past year has enabled it to focus on its initial foundations, and address issues so increasing numbers of new organisations are joining payment systems. It notes the infrastructure market review and PSR’s work to make access to current payment systems easier. PSR also highlights the falling […]

John Griffith – Jones leaving the FCA

John Griffith – Jones has confirmed that he will leave both the FCA and the PSR at the end of his term of office on 31 March 2018.

PSR publishes contactless mobile payments page

The PSR has published a new webpage explaining the work it is doing on contactless mobile payments. It says it has noted how the growth in this type of payment could affect its statutory objectives and will publish an update in the autumn to outline the work it has done better to understand the issues […]

FCA makes new rules

FCA made several changes to its rulebook at its Board Meeting on 30 March. Key changes include: changes to fees relating to the FOS and periodic fees for exchanges and benchmark administrators; changes to the FSCS management expenses levy limit; implementing the policy proposal for PSR fees; allowing FCA to set fees relating to MiFID […]

PSR publishes terms of reference for its role in preventing and responding to push-payment scams

Today, the payment systems regulator published its final terms of reference PSR will consider whether it would be effective and proportionate for operators of push payment systems to play a greater role in preventing and responding to APP scams (and possibly wider fraud). The expanded role might be in the form of actions that the […]

FCA to tackle contactless card fraud

John Griffith-Jones, Chairman of FCA and Payment Systems Regulator, has written to Rt Hon. Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, about contactless card fraud. In 2015 there was £2.5m of reported contactless fraud, out of £7.75bn of contactless transactions. In his letter, Griffith-Jones highlights the key risk as merchants who process payments ‘offline’ (ie batch […]

Payment systems regulator unveils 2017/18 plan and budget

In the plan the PSR sets out its aims and a summary of its anticipated activities and expected costs for the next twelve months. The PSR said its budget costs would consist of: Staff costs: £7.9m Professional fees: £2.5m Accommodation and office services: £0.8m Training, recruitment and travel: £0.4m Information systems: £0.4m The PSR said that during […]

PSR looks forward to increased payment systems access

PSR’s annual report on access and governance of payment systems looks forward to new providers getting direct access to the interbank payment systems in the next year.  It hopes this will improve competition in payment services and high street banking and therefore be good for consumers. Hannah Nixon said PSR expects the new entrants to […]

PSR to look at push payment risks

The PSR has published draft Terms of Reference for a project looking at the potential for payment system operators (PSOs) to play a role in minimising consumer harm caused by authorised push payment (APP) scams in the UK. This follows the super-complaint submitted by Which? that made it clear the CHAPS and FPS operators do […]

Treasury consults on PSD 2 implementation

Treasury is consulting on draft legislation to implement PSD 2 into UK law. The Government wants to finalise the legislation as early in 2017 as possible to give industry as much time as possible to make changes. The Government will, as usual, continue to work to implementation of all relevant EU measures and in principle, […]

PSR receives super-complaint on push payments

PSR has received a super-complaint from Which?. The complaint wants more action by regulators and possibly legislation to reduce the risks that customers are defrauded when they make “push” payments.