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COMP 2.1 Application and Purpose


COMP 2.1.1 R

This chapter applies to the FSCS.


COMP 2.1.2 G

In order to carry out its functions and put into effect the provisions set out in COMP 3 - COMP 12A1 (which deal with determining whether compensation is payable, calculating the amount of compensation that should be paid, and making levies on firms), the FSCS needs to have a variety of powers. The purpose of this chapter is to set out these powers, and the restrictions upon them.

COMP 2.2 Duties of the FSCS

Administering the compensation scheme

COMP 2.2.1 R

The FSCS must administer the compensation scheme in accordance with the rules in this sourcebook and any other rules prescribed by law to ensure that the compensation scheme is administered in a manner that is procedurally fair and in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights.

COMP 2.2.2 G

The FSCS may:

  1. (1)

    pay compensation to eligible claimants3when a relevant person3(or, where applicable, a successor) 3is unable or likely to be unable to meet claims against it in accordance with 3this 3sourcebook; and

  2. (2)

    make levies on participant firms, in accordance with FEES 6 (Financial Services Compensation Scheme Funding)1, to enable it to pay compensation3 or meet the costs of discharging its functions under this sourcebook.


Information for claimants

COMP 2.2.3 R

The FSCS must publish information for claimants and potential claimants on the operation of the compensation scheme.

Assistance to claimants

COMP 2.2.4 R

The FSCS may agree to pay the reasonable costs of an eligible claimant bringing or continuing insolvency proceedings against a relevant person3or, where applicable, a successor3(whether those proceedings began before or after a determination of default), if the FSCS is satisfied that those proceedings would help it to discharge its functions under the requirements of this sourcebook.

Annual Report

COMP 2.2.5 G

The FSCS must make and publish an annual report on the discharge of its functions (section 218 of the Act (Annual report)).


Finance and resources

COMP 2.2.6 R

The FSCS must have regard to the need to use its resources in the most efficient and economic way in carrying out its functions under the requirements of this sourcebook.

Publication of defaults

COMP 2.2.7 R

The FSCS must take appropriate steps to ensure that potential claimants are informed of how they can make a claim for compensation as soon as possible after a determination has been made that a relevant person3(or, where applicable, a successor) 3is in default, whether by the FSCS or the FCA3.


COMP 2.2.8 R

The FSCS must put in place and publish procedures which satisfy the minimum requirements of procedural fairness and comply with the European Convention on Humans Rights for the handling of any complaints of maladministration relating to any aspect of the operation of the compensation scheme.

Informing the FSCS

COMP 2.2.9 G

2The FCA4 will inform the FSCS if it detects problems in a firm that is likely to give rise to the intervention of the FSCS.


COMP 2.2.10