UK Regulator Issues Statement on New Growth and International Competitiveness Objective08/03/2023The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority has published a statement setting out how its work to support the 'key drivers' of productivity will facilitate delivery of its new secondary objective and how it intends to report on progress embedding the new objective. The Financial Services and Markets Act 2023 (which we discuss in our client note, "A Boost for U.K. Financial Services: The U.K. Financial Services and Markets Act 2023") introduces a new secondary statutory objective, obliging the FCA and U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority in carrying out their functions to support the long-term growth and international competitiveness of the U.K.'s economy in the medium and long term. This obligation enters into force on August 29, 2023, under Commencement Regulations made on July 10, 2023. Each regulator must report at two intervals to HM Treasury setting out how it has complied with its duty to advance the new objective. The reports are due 12 and 24 months after the new objective applies (August 29, 2024 and August 29, 2025 respectively).
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