On July 8, 2015, George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, wrote to Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, specifying the remit and recommendations for the FPC in the coming year. Once a year, the Chancellor is required to set out the economic policy of the Government and make recommendations to the FPC about matters that the FPC should consider as relevant to BoE’s financial stability objective and the FPC’s responsibility for achieving that objective. In the letter, the FPC is requested to consider a broad range of risks to the UK financial system, including identifying, monitoring and addressing systemic non-financial risks such as cyber risks. The Chancellor’s recommendations included that the FPC: (i) should support the Government’s strategy for making the UK’s financial services sector the best regulated and most competitive in the world, including taking into account the promotion of competition and innovation in all sectors of the industry and retaining the UK’s position as a leading international financial center; (ii) should consider whether there is a risk of public funds being required and should seek to minimize such risks; and (iii) should note in its public documents how it has had regard to the policy settings and forecasts of the Monetary Policy Committee.

The letter is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/442888/FPC_remit_letter_summer _budget_2015.pdf.