On October 15, 2015, the PRA published a consultation paper proposing the creation of a new framework that would require firms to ensure operational continuity of shared services that are considered critical to the economy. This would mean that in the event of failure of a firm, recovery action, resolution or post-resolution restructuring would be facilitated. This consultation is relevant to banks, building societies and PRA-authorized investment firms and follows the PRA’s previous discussion paper on this topic, published in October 2014, which includes draft rules and a supervisory statement. The consultation paper does not define the size of firms that are intended to be in scope, but notes that those firms that are deemed to perform functions critical to the economy as well as ring-fenced bodies and global systemically important banks are likely to be included. Similarly, the EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive would also preserve critical functions of firms by allowing authorities to place them into resolution, and in light of this, the PRA is consulting on such proposals. The PRA aims to publish an addendum to the consultation which will define the scope of the requirements together with a BoE consultation on the calibration of the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities. The PRA invites respondents to provide comments on the proposals but notes that respondents may wish to wait for the publication of the addendum before doing so. The addendum will set the closing date for the consultation period.

The consultation is available at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/pra/Documents/publications/cp/2015/cp3815.pdf