A credit union must make adequate provision for bad and doubtful debt.
A credit union must make specific provision in its accounts for bad and doubtful debts of at least the amounts set out below:
A credit union should maintain a general provision for bad and doubtful debts of at least 2% of the net liability to the credit union of borrowers not covered by the specific provisions in CREDS 7.5.2 R.
Contravention of (1) may be relied on as tending to establish contravention of CREDS 7.5.1 R.
Where a delinquent loan is rescheduled and the arrears capitalised, the loan should be regarded as remaining impaired until there is sufficient evidence that it is performing on the rescheduled terms. In the meantime, any provision made in relation to that loan should be maintained, not released.
CREDS 7.5.2 R requires a credit union to maintain minimum levels of specific provision. However, a credit union that only maintains the minimum levels does not necessarily comply with CREDS 7.5.1 R. This will depend on the assessment and judgment referred to in CREDS 7.5.6 G.
Failure to maintain a general provision of the level indicated in CREDS 7.5.4 E creates a presumption that the credit union is not complying with CREDS 7.5.1 R, though that presumption can be rebutted by the credit union: for example, it may be able to demonstrate that the occurrence of impaired loans that are either below the threshold for specific provision (that is, they are less than three months in arrears) or are unidentified at the time, is very low.