The lists of banks and building societies published by the Bank of England, including the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), are intended to be used solely as a guide. These lists will be published on a monthly basis.
There is no definition of a 'bank' in the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended by the Financial Services Act 2012) (FSMA). However, as previously published by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the list below contains regulated firms which businesses and the public would think of as banks. The list is based on the definition of 'bank' in the glossary of the PRA Handbook.List of banks - February 2017List of banks - February 2017
A 'building society' is defined by the Building Societies Act 1986 (7MB). According to this Act, a society may be established as a building society if its purpose or principal purpose is that of making loans which are secured on residential property and are funded substantially by its members. The 1986 Act also contains requirements regarding the constitution and powers of a building society.List of building societies - February 2017List of building societies - February 2017
Historical versions of these documents are also available.Merger confirmation decisionsNottingham Building Society - Shepshed Building Society merger confirmation decision
Progressive Building Society - City of Derry Building Society merger confirmation decision
On 2 April 2015, the PRA published SS19/15 ‘Exercising certain functions under the Building Societies Act 1986’ and referred to the forms available below.
Publication of Notice of application to the Authority for confirmation of an amalgamation or transfer of engagements in the London, Edinburgh, or Belfast Gazettes and in any newspapers as may be directed by the AuthorityForm of application to the Authority for confirmation of an amalgamationForm of application to the Authority for confirmation of transfer of engagements (transferor society)Form of application to the Authority for confirmation of a transfer of engagements (transferee society)Transfer DocumentPro formaNotice of ApplicationApplication to the Authority for confirmation