On April 21, 2016, the UK Government published an Action Plan for anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing. The Government is aiming to overhaul the UK approach to AML and CTF by giving new capabilities and legal powers to law enforcement agencies, improving the effectiveness of the supervisory regime and addressing inconsistencies in the regime, improving information sharing between the public and private sectors and increasing the international reach of the UK law enforcement agencies and enhancing international information sharing. The Government published a Call for Information on the system of appointing supervisors for AML and CTF and the powers of supervisors to incentivize compliance and adoption of the risk-based approach. An annex to the Action Plan includes proposed legislative changes. The Action Plan includes a list of deliverables which includes the involvement of the Home Office, the National Crime Agency, HM Treasury and the British Bankers' Association. The shorter term deliverables include running the pilot Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce, which provides for information sharing between banks and the NCA, on a permanent basis, creating a register of banks' specialisms, exploring new powers to tackle money laundering and completing the review of the supervisory regime. Responses to the Call for Information and the consultation on legislative proposals should be submitted by June 2, 2016.
The Action Plan is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/517993/6-2118-Action_Plan_for_AntiMoney_Laundering__print_.pdf, the Call for Information on the AML Supervisory Regime is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-information-anti-money-laundering-supervisory-regime/call-forinformation-anti-money-laundering-supervisory-regime and the consultation paper on legislative proposals is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/518016/Action_Plan_for_AntiMoney_Laundering_-_Annex_A.PDF.