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    01/16/2017

    The Prudential Regulation Authority published a Policy Statement and final rules on raising the deposit protection limit. The Policy Statement follows the consultation paper published by the PRA in November 2016. It is proposed that the DPL will be raised to £85,000 from January 30, 2017. The Policy Statement provides feedback to the responses received to the consultation paper. The PRA received 24 responses, with most respondents supportive of the proposals to reset the DPL at £85,000. The purpose of the revised DPL is to provide depositors with PRA-authorized firms commensurate protection to that of depositors with firms authorized by regulators in other EU Member States. The Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive requires non-Euro Member States to adjust their deposit protection limits every five years to ensure they are equivalent to the euro limit of EUR100,000 (£85,000 was added as a figure following recent currency fluctuations). 

    The DPL is effective from January 30, 2017. Firms will need to make changes to customer-facing materials required to implement the new deposit limit as soon as practicable from January 30, 2017, and at the latest, by June 30, 2017. The PRA expected firms to train their customer-facing staff to answer questions from customers about the change in the deposit limit, regardless of whether a firm's written materials are amended by January 30, 2017. 

    View the Policy Statement

    View the final rules.