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The Principles for Businesses (PRIN)

The Principles for Businesses (PRIN) set out 3high-level requirements 3imposed by the FCA3. They provide a general statement of regulatory requirements. The Principles apply to all9credit unions. In applying the Principles to credit unions, the FCA3 will be mindful of proportionality. In practice, the implications are likely to vary according to the size and complexity 3of the credit union.

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Senior Management Arrangements, Systems and Controls (SYSC)

SYSC 1,3SYSC 4 to 10 and SYSC 213 apply to all credit unions in respect of the carrying on of their regulated activities and unregulated activities in a prudential context. SYSC 4.5 (Management responsibilities maps for relevant authorised persons), SYSC 4.7 (Senior management responsibilities for relevant authorised persons: allocation of responsibilities), SYSC 4.9 (Handover procedures and material), SYSC 5.2 (Certification regime) and SYSC 18 apply3 to all credit unions in respect of both their regulated activities and their unregulated activities3.

3Code of Conduct (COCON)

This contains rules and guidance that are directly applicable to a credit union’sSMF managers, certification employees and (from 2017) other conduct rules staff. There is also guidance for credit unions on giving their staff training about COCON.

Threshold Conditions (COND)

In order to become authorised under the Act all firms must meet the threshold conditions. The threshold conditions must be met on a continuing basis by credit unions. Failure to meet one of the conditions is sufficient grounds for the exercise by the FCA3 of its powers.

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The Fit and Proper test for Approved Persons (FIT)

The purpose of FIT is to set out and describe the criteria that a firm should3 consider when assessing the fitness and propriety of a person (1)3 in respect of whom an application is being made for approval to undertake a controlled function under the approved persons regime, (2)3 who has already been approved, (3) who is a certification employee or (4) whom a firm is considering appointing to be a certification employee3.

It also sets out and describes criteria that the FCA will consider when assessing the fitness and propriety of a candidate for a controlled function position and that it may consider when assessing the continuing fitness and propriety of approved persons.3

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General Provisions (GEN)

GEN contains rules and guidance on general matters, including interpreting the Handbook, statutory status disclosure, the FCA's3 logo and insurance against financial penalties.

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Fees manual (FEES)

This manual sets out the fees applying to credit unions.

3Prudential sourcebook for Mortgage and Home Finance Firms, and Insurance Intermediaries (MIPRU)

MIPRU applies to any credit union carrying out insurance mediation activity or home finance mediation activity, or using these services. In particular, it sets out requirements for allocation of responsibility for the credit union’sinsurance mediation activity (MIPRU 2), for the use of home finance intermediaries (MIPRU 5) and for professional indemnity insurance (MIPRU 3).

Conduct of Business sourcebook (COBS)

A credit union which acts as a CTF provider or provides a cash-deposit ISA will need to be aware of the relevant requirements in COBS. COBS 4.6 (Past, simulated past and future performance), COBS 4.7.1 R (Direct offer financial promotions), COBS 4.10 (Systems and controls and approving and communicating financial promotions), COBS 13 (Preparing product information) and COBS 14 (Providing product information to clients) apply with respect to accepting deposits as set out in those provisions, COBS 4.1 and BCOBS. A credit union that communicates with clients, including in a financial promotion, in relation to the promotion of deferred shares and credit union subordinated debt will need to be aware of the requirements of COBS 4.2 (Fair, clear and not misleading communications) and COBS 4.5 (Communicating with retail clients).4

3Insurance: Conduct of Business sourcebook (ICOBS)

ICOBS applies to any credit union carrying on non-investment insurance activities, such as arranging or advising on general insurance contracts to be taken out by members. But ICOBS does not apply to a credit union taking out an insurance policy for itself, such as a policy against default by members on their loans where the credit union is the beneficiary of the policy, since in this circumstance the credit union would not be acting as an insurance intermediary, but would itself be the customer. Credit unions are reminded that they are subject to the requirements of the appropriate legislation, including the Credit Unions Act 1979, relating to activities a credit union may carry on.

3Mortgages and Home Finance: Conduct of Business sourcebook (MCOB)

MCOB applies to any credit union that engages in any home finance activity. MCOB rules cover advising and selling standards, responsible lending (including affordability assessment), charges, and the fair treatment of customers in payment difficulties.

Banking: Conduct of Business sourcebook (BCOBS)

BCOBS sets out rules and guidance for credit unions on how they should conduct their business with their customers. In particular there are rules and guidance relating to communications with banking customers3and financial promotions (BCOBS 2), distance communications (BCOBS 3), information to be communicated to banking customers3(BCOBS 4), post sale requirements (BCOBS 5), and cancellation (BCOBS 6). 3The rules in BCOBS 3.1 that relate to distance contracts may apply 3to a credit union. This is because the Distance Marketing Directive3applies where there is "an organised distance sales or service-provision scheme run by the supplier" (Article 2(a)), i.e. if the credit union routinely sells any of its services by post, telephone, fax or the internet3.

Supervision manual (SUP)

The following provisions of SUP are relevant to credit unions: 10SUP 1A10 (The FCA’s 3 approach to supervision), SUP 2 (Information gathering by the FCA or PRA 3 on its own initiative), SUP 3.1 to SUP 3.8 (Auditors), SUP 5 (Skilled persons), SUP 6 (Applications to vary or cancel Part 4A9permission), SUP 7 (Individual requirements), SUP 8 (Waiver and modification of rules), SUP 9 (Individual guidance), 10SUP 10C (FCA senior management regime for approved persons in relevant authorised persons),3SUP 11 (Controllers and Close links), SUP 15 (Notifications to the FCA or PRA 3) and SUP 16 (Reporting Requirements).

Credit unions are reminded that they are subject to the requirements of the Act and SUP 11 on close links, and are bound to notify the FCA3 of changes. It may be unlikely, in practice, that credit unions will develop such relationships. It is possible, however, that a person may acquire close links with a 3credit union3 within the meaning of the Act by reason of holding the prescribed proportion of deferred shares in the credit union.

In relation to SUP 16, credit unions are exempted from the requirement to submit annual reports of 3close links.

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3Consumer Credit sourcebook (CONC)

CONC contains rules that apply to firms carrying on credit-related regulated activities. PERG 2.7.19IG provides guidance on relevant exemptions. Most credit union lending is therefore outside the scope of CONC. However, subject to the constraints in the Credit Unions Act 1979 or the Credit Unions (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 (as relevant), credit unions may undertake credit-related regulated activities to which CONC does apply if the activity is carried out by way of business. This could include lending under a borrower-lender-supplier agreement, or debt adjusting or debt counselling where the credit union is not the lender. A credit union carrying on such activities should consider whether it requires permission to do so. Further information can be found on the FCA’s website.

Decision, Procedure and Penalties manual (DEPP)

DEPP is relevant to credit unions because it sets out:

(1) the FCA's9 decision-making procedure for giving statutory notices. These are warning notices, decision notices and supervisory notices (DEPP 1.2 to DEPP 5); and

(2) the FCA's9 policy with respect to the imposition and amount of penalties under the Act (see DEPP 6).

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Dispute Resolution: Complaints (DISP)

DISP sets out rules and guidance in relation to treating complainants fairly and the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Compensation (COMP)

COMP sets out rules relating to the scheme for compensating consumers when authorised firms are unable, or likely to be unable, to satisfy claims against them.9

The Enforcement Guide (EG)

The Enforcement Guide (EG) describes the FCA's9 approach to exercising the main enforcement powers given to it by the Act and by other legislation.2

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Financial crime: a guide for firms (FC)

FC provides guidance on steps that a firm can take to reduce the risk that it might be used to further financial crime.

CREDS 1.1.2AGRP
4A credit union seeking a permission to undertake a credit-related regulated activity would need to comply with the requirements in the Consumer Credit sourcebook (CONC).
COND 1.1A.5AGRP
(1) 2The FCAthreshold conditions apply to a person that carries on, or seeks to carry on, only relevant credit activities (within paragraph 2G of Schedule 6 to the Act) and which therefore has, or is applying for, limited permission with a number of modifications (see article 10(19) of the Regulated Activities Amendment Order). Regulated activities a person carries on in relation to which sections 20(1) and (1A) and 23(1A) of the Act do not apply as a result of section 39(1D)
SUP 13.4.4GRP
8(2) [deleted]17(2A) 8(a) If the UK firm'sEEA right derives from the Insurance Mediation Directive, and the EEA State in which the UK firm is seeking to provide services has notified the European Commission of its wish to be informed of the intention of persons to provide cross border services in its territory in accordance with article 6(2) of that directive, paragraph 20(3B)(a) of Part III of Schedule 3 to the Act requires the appropriate UK regulator20 to send a copy of the
MCOB 4.4A.12RRP
The information required by MCOB 4.4A.1 R, MCOB 4.4A.2 R, MCOB 4.4A.4R(1) and (3)8, MCOB 4.4A.8 R and MCOB 4.4A.8A R2 must be provided:222(1) in the case of information required by MCOB 4.4A.1R (1) and MCOB 4.4A.1R (2), MCOB 4.4A.4R (1)(a) and (3), and MCOB 4.4A.8R (1)(a), (c) ,(d) and (2), where the firm is an MCD credit intermediary, in good time before carrying out any MCD credit intermediation activity; 2(1A) in the case of information required by MCOB 4.4A.1R(1) and (2)
CONC 7.12.1RRP
This section applies to a firm with respect to consumer credit lending.
SUP 16.7A.1RRP
1This section applies to every firm in the regulatory activity group (RAG) set out in column (1), which is a type of firm in column (2), of the tables in SUP 16.7A.3 R and SUP 16.7A.5 R, except:(1) an incoming EEA firm with permission for cross border services only;(2) an incoming EEA firm in relation to its carrying on of bidding in emissions auctions;(3) an oil market participant that is not subject to the requirements of IPRU(INV) Chapter 3;(4) an authorised professional firm
COND 2.7.1UKRP
(1) 1A’s business model (that is, A’s strategy for doing business) must be suitable for a person carrying on the regulated activities that A carries on or seeks to carry on.(2) The matters which are relevant in determining whether A satisfies the condition in sub-paragraph (1) include-(a) whether the business model is compatible with A’s affairs being conducted, and continuing to be conducted, in a sound and prudent manner;(b) the interests of consumers;(c) the integrity of the
CONC 3.6.1RRP
This section applies:(1) to a financial promotion in relation to consumer credit lending in relation to regulated credit agreements secured on land; and(2) to a financial promotion in relation to credit broking in relation to regulated credit agreements secured on land; and in both cases other than financial promotions to the extent that they relate to qualifying credit.
FIT 2.1.3GRP
The matters referred to in FIT 2.1.1 G to which the FCA5 will have regard, and to which a relevant authorised person should also have regard, 5include, but are not limited to:55(1) whether the person has been convicted of any criminal offence; this must include, where provided for by the Rehabilitation Exceptions Orders4to2 the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 or the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (as applicable)4, any spent convictions2; particular
CONC 6.7.1RRP
(1) This section applies to a firm with respect to consumer credit lending.(2) CONC 6.7.17 R to CONC 6.7.26 R also apply to a firm with respect to operating an electronic system in relation to lending in relation to a borrower under a P2P agreement and references in those provisions to a firm refinancing an agreement refer to any action taken by an operator of an electronic system in relation to lending which has the result that a P2P agreement is refinanced.
CONC 3.5.1RRP
This section applies:(1) to a financial promotion in relation to consumer credit lending;(2) to a financial promotion in relation to credit broking in relation to regulated credit agreements;(3) to a financial promotion in relation to activities specified in article 36A(1)(a) or (c) of the Regulated Activities Order in relation to what would be regulated credit agreements but for a relevant provision, but only where the firm also carries on such activities in relation to regulated
SUP 16.11.2GRP
(1) The purpose of this section2 is to set out the requirements for firms in the retail mortgage, investment, consumer credit lending8 and pure protection contract markets specified in SUP 16.11.1 R to report individual product sales data, and to report individual performance data on regulated mortgage contracts,7 to the FCA16. In the case of firms in the sale and rent back market, there is a requirement to record, but not to submit, sales7data.6 These requirements apply6 whether
FEES 4.2.7KRRP

42Where the measure is not cumulative (e.g. the number of traders for fee-block A10), the firm must use the figure relating to its annual reporting date (e.g. 31 December for A10) or, if that is not available, the projected figure used when it was authorised. Table A sets out the reporting requirements for the key fee-blocks when actual data is not available:

Table A: calculating tariff data for second and subsequent years of authorisation when full trading figures are not available

Fee-block

Tariff base

Calculation where trading data are not available

A1. Deposit acceptors

Average MELS for October - December

Use data available at 31 December or, if trading has not commenced by 31 December, use the projection submitted as part of the application process.

A2. Home finance providers and administrators

Number of relevant contracts entered into or being administered in the twelve months up to 31 December

Apply the formula (A÷B) x 12 to arrive at an annualised figure.

A3. Insurers - general

Annual gross premium income for the financial year ended in the calendar year ending 31 December and gross technical liabilities valued at the end of the financial year

Income – apply the formula (A÷B) x 12 to arrive at an annualised figure.

Gross technical liabilities and mathematical reserves. Use data at valuation date or, if trading has not commenced by then, use projections provided at authorisation.

A4. Insurers - life

Adjusted gross premium income for the financial year ended in the calendar year ending 31 December and mathematical reserves valued at the end of the financial year

A5. Managing agents at Lloyd’s

Active capacity in respect of the underwriting year at the beginning of the period to which the fee relates

Not applicable.

A6. The Society of Lloyd’s

Bespoke fee

Not applicable.

A7. Portfolio managers

Funds under management valued at 31 December

Use data as at 31 December or, if trading has not commenced by 31 December, use the projection submitted as part of the application process.

A9. Managers and depositaries of investment funds, and operators of collective investment schemes or pension schemes

Annual gross income for the financial year ended in the calendar year ending 31 December

Apply the formula (A÷B) x 12 to arrive at an annualised figure.

A10. Firms dealing as principal

Number of traders as at 31 December

Use data as at 31 December or, if trading has not commenced by 31 December, use the projection submitted as part of the application process

A13. Advisors, arrangers, dealers or brokers

Annual income for the financial year ended in the calendar year ending 31 December

Apply the formula (A÷B) x 12 to arrive at the annualised figure

A14. Corporate finance advisers

A18. Home finance providers, advisers and arrangers

A19. General insurance mediation

A21. Firms holding client money or assets, or both

The highest amount of client money and the highest amount of custody assets held over the 12 months ending 31 December

The highest amount of client money and/or custody assets over the period between the date of authorisation and 31 December or, if trading has not started, use the projection submitted as part of the application process.

B. Market operators,41 MTF operators and OTF operators41

Flat fee

Not applicable.

B. Service companies

Annual income for the financial year ended in the calendar year ending 31 December

Apply the formula (A÷B) x 12 to arrive at the annualised figure.

B. Benchmark administrators

Annual income for the financial year ended in the calendar year ending 31 December39

Apply the formula (A÷B) x 12 to arrive at the annualised figure.39

B. Recognised investment exchanges

Annual income for the financial year ended in the calendar year ending 31 December39

Apply the formula (A÷B) x 12 to arrive at the annualised figure.39

B. Recognised auction platforms

Flat fee

Not applicable.

B. Recognised overseas investment exchanges

Flat fee

Not applicable.

CC1. Credit-related regulated activities with limited permission

Annual income for the financial year ended in the calendar year ending 31 December

Apply the formula (A÷B) x 12 to arrive at an annualised figure.

CC2. Credit related regulated activities

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G.2 Payment services institutions – deposit acceptors

See A1 deposit acceptors

G.3. Large payment services institutions

Relevant income

Apply the formula (A÷B) x 12 to arrive at an annualised figure.

G.4 Small payment institutions

Flat fee

Not applicable.

G.5 Other payment institutions

Relevant income

Apply the formula (A÷B) x 12 to arrive at an annualised figure.

G.10 Large electronic money institutions

Average outstanding e-money over 12 months ending 31 December

Average over the period from authorisation to 31 December.

G.11 Small electronic money institutions

Flat fee

Not applicable.

G.15 Issuer of regulated covered bonds

Value as at 31 December

Not applicable.

G.20 Consumer buy-to-let (CBTL) lender

Flat fee

Not applicable.

G.21 CBTL adviser and arranger

SUP 10A.16.1DRP
(1) This direction applies to an application under Form A or Form E.(2) Subject to (2A), an1 application by a firm other than a credit union must be made by submitting the Form online at fca.org.uk using the form specified on the FCA's and PRA'sonline notification and application system3. 122(2A) An application by a firm whose application for permission or whose Part 4A permission covers only credit-related regulated activities must be made using the form in SUP 10A Annex 4 or
DISP 2.5.1RRP
The Ombudsman can consider a complaint under the Voluntary Jurisdiction if:419(1) it is not covered by the Compulsory Jurisdiction;823 and419(2) it relates to an act or omission by a VJ participant in carrying on one or more of the following activities:(a) an activity carried on after 28 April 1988 which:(i) was not a regulated activity at the time of the act or omission, but(ii) was a regulated activity when the VJ participant joined the Voluntary Jurisdiction (or became an authorised
CONC 13.1.1GRP
1This chapter:(1) applies to a firm with respect to consumer credit lending and a firm with respect to consumer hiring;(2) does not apply to the obligation in or under section 78(4), (4A) or (5) of the CCA on a lender to give regular statements where running-account credit is provided under a regulated credit agreement.
SYSC 4.4.1ARRP
7This section applies to:(1) an authorised professional firmin respect of its non-mainstream regulated activities unless the firm is also conducting other regulated activities and has appointed approved persons to perform the FCA governing functions8with equivalent responsibilities for the firm'snon-mainstream regulated activities and other regulated activities;(2) activities carried on by a firm whose principal purpose is to carry on activities other than regulated activities
DISP 2.8.10GRP
713Where a complaint meets the requirements of DISP 2.8.9R(2)(d), those parts of the complaint that relate to the grounds of rejection of the claim are not subject to the restriction in DISP 2.8.9R(1) on an Ombudsman considering the complaint.