On March 25, 2015, the UK Payment Systems Regulator published the regulatory framework for payment systems in the UK which sets out the PSR’s approach to regulation of payment systems and related industry, work programme regulatory tools and guiding principles. The new PSR is fully operational as of April 1, 2015. Two market reviews were announced alongside the publication of the regulatory framework. The first review is into the ownership and competitiveness of payment systems infrastructure which will look into the ownership of a small number of banks of both BACS, Faster Payments Services and LINK payment systems and the central infrastructure for those systems, VocalLink. The second review is into the supply of indirect access to payment systems which is provided only by Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and RBS. The PSR is seeking comments on the scope of the reviews with a view to finalizing the terms of reference for each review by the end of May at which time more detailed timetables will be available.

The regulatory framework is available at: https://www.psr.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/PDF/PSR%20PS15-1%20- %20A%20new%20regulatory%20framework%20for%20payment%20systems%20in%20the%20UK%20- %20Policy%20Statement.pdf