On March 4, 2016, the PRA published a consultation paper proposing amendments to the Depositor Protection Part of the PRA Rulebook and a new Statement of Policy in relation to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and the calculation of firm  contributions to the Scheme. The consultation is relevant to UK banks, building societies, credit unions, overseas firms with PRA deposit-taking permission and the FSCS (UK’s administrator of its Deposit Guarantee Scheme). Current PRA rules require the FSCS to calculate firm levies on the basis of covered deposits. The recast Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive provides that contributions to a deposit guarantee scheme should also be adjusted relative to the risk incurred by each member of the scheme. The European Banking Authority issued Guidelines detailing methods for calculating contributions to schemes. In response to the EBA Guidelines, the PRA has set out, in appendices to the consultation paper, the methodology for calculating risk-based levies and their application to the repayment of current and future compensations costs incurred by the FSCS. The methodology uses different calculations depending on the category of firm: Capital Requirements Regulated firm, Credit Unions and Non-European Economic Area branches. The consultation closes on June 3, 2016.

The consultation paper is available at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/pra/Documents/publications/cp/2016/cp716.pdf and the EBA Guidelines are available at: https://www.eba.europa.eu/documents/10180/1089322/EBA-GL-2015- 10+GL+on+methods+for+calculating+contributions+to+DGS.pdf/fa336fb5-7264-4381-9eee-cb2144b489e9.