Feedback Published on Initial UK Discussion Paper 'Strong and Simple' Prudential Framework12/15/2021The U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority has published a feedback statement to the discussion paper published earlier this year in which it proposed introducing a "strong and simple" prudential framework for non-systemic banks and building societies that are not internationally active. The discussion paper concerned the possibility of introducing a graduated framework for U.K. prudential supervision with simple rules applying to the smallest firms. The applicable rules would increase in sophistication as the size and complexity of firms increased. The PRA discussed the possible approaches to identifying firms that would be in scope of the first threshold by looking at, for example, their activities, cross-border business and risk exposures. The introduction of such a framework would represent a major policy change for the U.K.
The feedback statement summarizes the responses to the discussion paper and sets out broad themes emerging. Overall, respondents were supportive of the idea to introduce a strong and simple framework, although concerns were expressed about the number of layers that the framework would involve. The PRA would welcome any comments on the feedback statement. Further consultations on the potential framework will follow in 2022 and/or 2023.
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