On December 7, 2015, the Prudential Regulation Authority published a policy statement on the implementation of the UK’s Leverage Ratio Framework, providing feedback to responses to its previous consultation paper. The Financial Policy Committee directed the PRA, on July 1, 2015, to implement a UK LRF applying: (i) a minimum leverage requirement of 3% to major UK banks and building societies on a consolidated basis; (ii) a supplementary Leverage Ratio Buffer of a firm’s institution-specific G-SII buffer rate; and (iii) a countercyclical LRB of 35% of a firm’s institution-specific countercyclical capital buffer rate. The PRA’s policy statement applies to PRA-regulated banks and building societies with retail deposits of £50 billion or more. The PRA is implementing the FPC’s requirements as proposed, except that it is extending its proposed transition period for daily averaged leveraged ratio requirements by   12 months, ending on December 31, 2017, while maintaining the 12-month transitional period for implementing the daily averaging reporting requirement. This would allow firms additional time to improve the comparability and accuracy of averaged numbers without compromising the monitoring of the UK leverage framework. The PRA has also published supervisory statements on the UK leverage ratio, instructions for completing data items and on the capital requirements for major UK banks and building societies.

The policy statement and supervisory statements are available at:

http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/pra/Pages/publications/ps/2015/ps2715.aspx.