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Stress testing

Our approach to stress testing the UK banking system was published in October 2015, and sets out the main features of our stress testing framework to 2018.

The 2016 stress test scenario is the first designed under that framework. The results of the 2016 stress test of the UK banking system were published on 30 November 2016.

The 2017 stress test includes two stress scenarios.  As well as the annual cyclical scenario, the Bank is running for the first time an additional exploratory scenario.  The 2017 stress test scenarios and guidance were published on 27 March 2017.

Background to stress testing

In March 2013, our Financial Policy Committee (FPC) recommended that regular stress testing of the UK banking system should be developed to assess the system's capital adequacy. The first stress test results were published in December 2014.

We continue to build our own stress-testing capabilities, and expect banks and building societies to do the same. The design of our overall stress-testing framework will evolve over time.

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 What is stress testing?


​Bank stress testing is designed to test the resilience of banks to severe, but plausible, shocks.

Find out more

Read our Quarterly Bulletin article Stress testing of banks: an introduction


Watch the Bank of England's approach to stress testing UK banks:

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