Amendments to the UK’s recapitalisation scheme for the banking industry were approved on 23 December 2009. The UK’s original package of support measures for the banking industry was approved on 13 October 2008. Since then the European Commission (Commission) has published its Communication on Recapitalisation (the Communication) and the UK authorities have made amendments to the scheme to bring it in line with the Communication and with similar schemes in other Member States (e.g. see article on German scheme below). The principal amendments concern the fee payable on guarantees and a widening of the range of currencies in which the guaranteed instruments can be issued.