Date of meeting: 30 June 2021 | Location: This meeting took place via video/audio link
Item 1 – Standing agenda items
- 16 June 2021 minutes:
The group agreed the 16 June 2021 minutes, and approved their publication
- Sharing information on stakeholder management
Members noted media coverage of a report published by Age UK concerning the impact of declining cash volumes on the older generation.
Item 2 – Progress Update
Eversheds reported good progress had been made in discussions within the clean teams. A mechanism has been identified, with legal agreement, whereby clean team members can communicate proposals for asset selection back to their respective organisations, via an approved person. This approach has been helpful in identifying a number of important questions to ensure the right assets are selected.
The project remains broadly on track against the nine week plan, with a slight risk that the business case may be presented a week later, to ensure it captures the right quality of information. Members agreed to review with KPMG progress against their requirements for the business case to ensure this is sufficient to inform a decision at the end of the phase of work.
Eversheds raised the need to maintain progress after the end of this phase of work and will propose options for participants to consider.
Clean team progress update
Eversheds provided a summary of the clean team progress noting that a considerable amount of work had been covered since it was established. The participants within the clean team were reported to bring the relevant knowledge and expertise to the work, and are providing good challenge to the model assumptions.
Eversheds confirmed that there had been broad agreement on the short-list of assets selected for the utility model, and that this would soon be finalised. With legal input, the team are now considering how best to report the outputs from the work back to the IEM securely, without sharing commercially sensitive information.
Item 3 – NCS Review update
The Bank provided an update on the review of the existing NCS rulebook which is currently being undertaken to ensure this remains fit for purpose. Some facilities are likely to serve their purpose effectively under a utility, whereas others may need to be adjusted to better suit the requirements of a utility model.
The Bank noted that the primary objective of the review was to support a resilient, efficient and sustainable wholesale distribution model, and to future proof it against possible changes in the cash distribution activity. If the industry decides to proceed with a utility model, funded by all of the members, then it is expected that this will be the single mechanism through which all NCS functions are carried out.
The Bank confirmed that this would be a consultative process, and they will share emerging conclusions ahead of the end October decision points, but any final decisions on the NCS review would likely follow this decision point.
Item 4 – Review Action Log
Actions were reviewed and closed where applicable.
Item 5 – AOB
Bank of England: Sarah John (Chair), Nick Butt, Elisabeth Bertalanffy-Fournier, Ronan McClintock, James Best, Molly Galligan
Eversheds: Ros Kellaway, Trystan Richards, Russell Saunders, Mark McLintock
KPMG: Simon Walker
Barclays: Tim Leyden
HSBC: Sue Yarham
Lloyds Banking Group: Martin Barrett
Post Office: Russell Hancock
Natwest: Richard Talbot
Santander UK: Timothy Allnatt
HM Treasury: Derek Dunne
Danske: Kevin McMullan
G4S: Paul Van Der Knapp
TRM: Andrew Mills
Vaultex: Mark Trevor
Paul Pugh (Eversheds), Tim Allen (Barclays), Anne Jessopp (Royal Mint), Derek Walker (Virgin Money), Phil Vaughan (Vaultex), Julie Fitzgibbon (BOI), John Garrett (AIB), Azin Roussos, Robert White (Santander)