Complaints against the regulators

The Financial Services Act 2012 requires the Bank of England, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), together known as the 'regulators', to have arrangements for the investigation of complaints against them. These arrangements are known as the complaints scheme.

What does the complaints scheme cover?

The definition of what is considered a complaint about the regulators is found in the Complaints Scheme. It also sets out situations where we will not investigate. For example, we cannot consider complaints about our rules or guidance, complaints about other regulators, or complaints about the firms we regulate. 

If you have a complaint about a regulated firm, you should initially raise this with the firm itself. If the firm cannot resolve the matter directly, you may be able to make a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).

Anyone can make a complaint if they are directly affected by the matters they complain about. Complaints must be made within 12 months of you having become aware of the matters that caused it, unless you can demonstrate reasonable grounds for delay. The full text of our scheme can be found here:

PDF The Complaints Scheme

If you are making a complaint about a Recognised Clearing House (RCH), you should use their own complaints procedure in the first instance by writing to:

FMI Information
Bank of England
FMI Supervision Directorate, MG-SE-3
20 Moorgate
London EC2R 6DA

How to make a complaint against the regulators

The easiest way to make a complaint about any of the regulators is by completing a complaints form and sending to us.

PDFComplaints against the regulators form

The form can be sent to us at the following address:

Complaints Against the Regulators
Bank of England
20 Moorgate
London EC2R 6DA

Via Email: complaints@bankofengland.co.uk

We will liaise with the FCA to ensure the appropriate regulator handles your complaint or where a joint investigation is appropriate.  You can contact the FCA directly via their complaints website or the FCA Complaints Helpline on 020 7066 9870.

What will you do once I have made a complaint?

We will acknowledge complaints in writing within five working days of receipt. Within four weeks of receipt, we will tell you whether or not we intend to investigate your complaint, including the anticipated timescale for dealing with it.

In any event, we will endeavour to provide you with a substantive response to your complaint as soon as possible. We aim to complete investigations within 16 weeks of receipt.  However some more complex cases may take longer. We will write to you regularly to keep you informed of the progress of your complaint.

What happens if I am not happy with the outcome?

If you are not happy with the outcome of your complaint, you can contact the Office of the Complaints Commissioner (the Commissioner). The Commissioner provides an independent assessment of the investigation made under the Scheme. You must contact the Commissioner within three months of receiving our decision letter, or our letter informing you that we will not investigate the complaint.

The Complaints Commissioner publishes their response to each complaint they deal with. In some cases the Commissioner will ask us to respond to their findings. Our responses are published here:

Date The Complaint Commissioner's Report PRA response 
17 July 2018 PDFPRA00011 PDFPRA3579

Privacy Notice

Information we collect

When you submit a complaint to the regulators, the Bank of England (‘we’ or the ‘Bank’) collects personal data about you. 

We may also collect information from other areas of the Bank that you may have interacted with, where those interactions may be relevant to your complaint.

This information may include contact details, professional information, financial information, location-based information, or information about your health, criminal background, race, sexuality, gender, political affiliations, age, or religion. This will depend on the level of information you have chosen to provide in relation to your complaint. You only need to provide information to us that you believe is relevant to the circumstances of your complaint.

Why we need your personal data

We collect your personal data to handle your complaint and to be able to communicate with you. Details of the Complaints Scheme are set out in the Scheme document.

If you do not provide the information, then we will not be able to consider your complaint. We may however use the circumstances of your complaint to consider whether our processes worked properly and whether we should do anything to address those findings.

What we do with your personal data

We use the information to send you emails/letters or to telephone you, dependent on your preferences. The information may also be used as facts within the complaints investigation. We may also share this information with the FCA if we believe your complaint may relate to the FCA’s objectives or should be addressed by more than one regulator. We will only share your information with the Office of the Complaints Commissioner if you have contacted them directly and asked the Commissioner to review your complaint.  

We only process your personal data in the United Kingdom. Safeguarding your personal data is important to us. Your personal data will be stored on secure Bank systems with controlled access; more information on our security practices can be found on our website. 

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity. If your complaint is not within the scope of the Complaints Scheme (for example if it is a complaint about a financial institution rather than the regulators) then we will endeavour to return any documents you have provided to us, so we do not have a record of any unnecessary personal information). You can request that we no longer use your personal data, by writing to us at the address below.

Your rights

You have various rights under data protection laws. For example, you may have the right to have your personal data rectified or erased. In addition, you can ask us to change how we process or deal with your personal data. 

You also have the right to ask us for a copy of the personal data the Bank holds about you. This is sometimes known as a ‘Subject Access Request’.

To contact us about those rights, including making a request for the personal data we hold about you, please contact us on:

The Information Access Team (HO-M)
Bank of England
Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AH
Email: enquiries@bankofengland.co.uk

If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) via their website: ico.org.uk/concerns.

More information

The Bank’s Data Protection Officer can also be contacted via the details above. Our privacy policy is also available via the ‘Privacy’ link at the bottom of our website.

 
This page was last updated 17 July 2018
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