The UK has now entered into a transition period until 31 December 2020, during which EU law will continue to apply. We will continue to update this page at a later date to provide information on the legal and regulatory framework that will apply at the end of the transition period.
9 October 2020: We published PS21/20 ‘Extending policyholder protection for building guarantee policies’, which contains a rule change to extend policyholder protection for holders of building guarantee policies, amending the Policyholder Protection Part of the PRA Rulebook.
The rule change takes effect on Thursday 8 October 2020.
4 August 2020: We published Policy Statement (PS) 19/20 ‘Financial Service Compensation Scheme – Temporary High Balance Coverage Extension’. The PS updates the following:
- the Depositor Protection Part of the PRA Rulebook (Appendix 1); and
- the updated Statement of Policy (SoP) ‘Deposit Guarantee Scheme’.
The rule change and updated SoP will be effective on Thursday 6 August 2020. Coverage for THBs will revert to six months from Monday 1 February 2021.
9 July 2020: We published CP6/20 ‘Financial Service Compensation Scheme – Temporary High Balance Coverage Extension’. This CP is relevant to the FSCS and all PRA-authorised deposit-takers as well as retail financial consumers who are currently, or who may become, THB depositors before Monday 1 February 2021.
27 March 2020: We published PS8/20 ‘Financial Service Compensation Scheme – Management Expenses Levy Limit 2020/21. This PS is relevant to all PRA-authorised firms, but contains no material of direct relevance to retail financial services consumers or consumer groups upon which they might need to act. The FSCS MELL will apply for the financial year ending Wednesday 31 March 2021.
31 January 2020: This page has been updated to describe the impact of the transition period for EU withdrawal on FSCS protection.
15 January 2020: The PRA and FCA published CP1/20 'Financial Services Compensation Scheme - Management Expenses Levy Limit 2020/21'. The CP sets out proposals for the Management Expenses Levy Limit (MELL) for the FSCS in 2020/21 and is relevant to all PRA- and FCA-authorised firms. This consultation closes on Monday 17 February 2020.
28 February: We published near-final policy to deliver the general approach being taken to ensure there is a functioning legal framework when the UK leaves the EU. This includes an update to Supervisory Statement 18/15 ‘Depositor and dormant account protection’.
18 January: The PRA and FCA published CP3/18 'Financial Services Compensation Scheme - Management Expenses Levy Limit 2018/19' - also see the FCA's website. The CP sets out proposals for the management expenses levy limit (MELL) for the FSCS.
31 May: As set out in PS25/16 ‘Implementing risk-based levies for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme deposits class’, FSCS compensation costs levies will be adjusted for the degree of risk incurred by deposit takers for the first time this year. The levy will be included in the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Regulatory Fees and Levies invoice that firms will receive in July 2017.
Compensation costs levies were previously based solely on the proportion of covered deposits held by a firm. As required by the recast Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive, these levies will now also be adjusted for the degree of risk the firm incurs. Wholesale deposits are also included in covered deposits for the first time. Legacy cost levies are not affected by the risk adjustment.
A firm’s risk adjustment is calculated using a number of quantitative indicators, such as capital, leverage, liquidity, and asset quality.
A firm’s aggregate risk weighting will be included on its invoice from the FCA. More information on the risk adjustment can be found in the Statement of Policy ‘Calculating risk-based levies for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme deposits class’.
More detail on the Regulatory Fees and Levies invoice is available on the FCA website.
If you have further questions on receipt of your invoice, please speak to your usual PRA supervisory contact.
The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) is responsible for oversight of, and rules relating to, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in respect of deposit and insurance policy protection. These rules are set out in the PRA Rulebook.
A memorandum of understanding between the FSCS and the Bank of England (exercising its prudential regulation functions) sets out how we work together.
Impacts of EU Withdrawal on FSCS protection
The UK has now left the European Union and we are in an transition period, which is currently due to end on 31 December 2020. During the transition period, existing FSCS protections will not change as a result of as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Existing FSCS protection for deposits and insurance are described below.
See the section entitled ‘FSCS protection and the transition period’ at the end of this page for a description of the rules that would apply at the end of the transition period, in the absence of further changes to reflect any new agreement on the future relationship between the EU and UK.
Amounts of compensation: deposits
Deposits held in banks, building societies and credit unions (including in Northern Ireland) that are authorised by the PRA are protected up to £85,000. This includes, for example, eligible deposits in current accounts, savings accounts, cash ISAs (held with a deposit taker) or savings bonds.
The deposit protection limit applies to the total eligible deposits of each person, per PRA-authorised firm. So for deposits in a joint account, this means that each account holder is protected up to the deposit protection limit, i.e. the total protection adds up to two times £85,000.
A PRA-authorised firm may own several banking and building society brands. This means that anyone who has deposits in more than one account under a single brand, or multiple accounts under different brands owned by a single firm, is only protected up to a total of £85,000 across all these accounts.
There will be temporary deposit protection for up to 6 months above the £85,000 limit for certain types of deposits classified as temporary high balances, such as the proceeds from private property sales. Protection will be up to £1million in most cases.
People with eligible deposits that add up to more than the deposit protection limit may wish to take steps to keep their deposits fully protected (eg by splitting their deposits across different PRA-authorised firms).
International banks in the UK
Depositors in some overseas firms in the UK (not including the Channel Islands or Isle of Man) are protected by the FSCS up to the deposit protection limit.
- UK-incorporated subsidiaries of European Economic Area (EEA) deposit-takers
- UK-incorporated subsidiaries of non-EEA deposit-takers
- UK branches of non-EEA deposit-takers authorised by the PRA to accept deposits in the UK.
Eligible depositors in UK branches of EEA banks are protected by the deposit guarantee scheme in the bank’s home state, usually up to a limit of €100,000. They are not covered by the FSCS. For more information on the extent and nature of non-UK deposit guarantee schemes, please refer directly to those schemes. If you are not sure how your money is protected, you can contact your bank for information.
Lists of the banking brands and building society brands that are covered by the FSCS
Lists of the banking brands and building society brands that are covered by the FSCS are available below. These show:
- the main banking and building society brands
- which PRA-authorised firm owns that brand
- the unique 'firm reference number' (FRN) of that PRA-authorised firm
- other brands owned by the same PRA-authorised firm.
Insurance contracts: compensation scheme coverage
To be protected by the FSCS, insurance policyholders must have a protected insurance contract and be eligible to receive compensation.
Protected insurance policies
To be protected, an insurance policy, generally, must:
- Be a ‘relevant’ general insurance contract or a long-term insurance contract. Further details on the types of general insurance contracts and long-term insurance contracts protected by the FSCS can be found in the policyholder protection part of the PRA Rulebook.
- Not be a reinsurance contract.
- Be issued by a relevant firm through an establishment in the UK, another EEA state, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. Generally the policy will be protected by the FSCS if the policy is issued by:
- A UK based insurer with a UK establishment (eg a UK firm, a UK branch of an EEA or non-EEA firm, a UK insurer providing cross-border services in another EEA state).
- An EEA insurer providing cross-border business into the UK (eg via a website).
- A UK branch in another EEA state.
- An insurer with an establishment in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.
FSCS cover is not available to policyholders with claims against firms that do not have the relevant UK or EEA passport authorisation to bring them within the scope of FSCS cover. This includes any policyholder of a subsidiary of a UK group based in any non-EEA state.
- Relate to a protected risk or commitment:
- For policies issued by a UK-based insurer, the risk or commitment must be located in the UK, another EEA state, the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.
- For policies issued through an EEA insurer with an EEA establishment providing cross-border services into the UK (eg via a website), FSCS protection covers UK risks or commitments only.
- For policies issued by a UK branch in another EEA state, the risk or commitment must be situated in the UK or another EEA state.
- For policies issued through an establishment in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man, the risk or commitment must be situated in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.
- For more information on how ’risk or commitment’ is determined, refer to section 9.5 of the Policyholder Protection Part of the PRA Rulebook.
Not all policyholders are eligible to claim compensation from the FSCS. For claims relating to general insurance, most private individuals and small businesses are eligible for protection. For long-term insurance most claimants, including large businesses, are eligible for protection.
Provided that the claim is a protected contract of insurance, there are no exclusions from eligibility for claims under insurance contracts that cover compulsory insurance
Amounts of compensation: insurers
If, on and from 3 July 2015, an insurance firm has been declared in default and the FSCS is satisfied that a claim is protected and the claimant is eligible (in accordance with policyholder protection rules), the following compensation from the FSCS is available:
Compensation for general insurance contracts
- Where the claim is in respect of a liability subject to compulsory insurance, a liability subject to professional indemnity insurance, or death or incapacity of the policyholder due to injury, sickness or infirmity: 100% of the claim.
- All other cases: 90% of the claim.
Compensation for long-term insurance contracts
- 100% of the claim is available for all long-term insurance claims.
For general insurance, the FSCS must calculate the value of the firm’s liability to the claimant in accordance with the contract terms, and pay that amount, subject to any limits, to the claimant.
For long-term insurance, unless the FSCS is trying to secure continuity of cover, it must calculate the value of the firm’s liability to the claimant in accordance with the contract terms as valued in a liquidation of the insurer, or in the absence of this, in accordance with valuation techniques that the FSCS considers appropriate.
This may mean that policyholders will lose some of the value.
List of insurers covered by the compensation scheme
These lists set out the UK-authorised (ie regulated by the PRA) and European Economic Area (EEA)-authorised insurers operating in the UK. We update these lists twice a year.
We update our list of Lloyd’s of London syndicates annually.
Historical versions of the insurers lists are available.
FSCS protection and the Transition Period
The UK has now left the European Union and we are in an transition period, which is currently due to end on 31 December 2020. During the transition period, EU law will apply in the same way as it did before the start of the transition period.
In the absence of further changes to reflect any new agreement on the future relationship between the EU and the UK, we expect that the rules we previously prepared for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU would apply at the end of the transition period. These are described briefly below.
Please refer to the FCA for FSCS protection relating to other financial services products.
Depositors with eligible deposits held by UK establishments of firms with Part 4A permission to accept deposits (or deemed Part 4A permission) would be protected by the FSCS.
Generally, deposits held outside of UK establishments would not be protected by the FSCS.
Deposits held by UK firms’ branches in the EEA would not be protected by the FSCS, but may be protected by the relevant EEA State’s deposit guarantee scheme depending upon the depositor protection regime in that EEA State.
The status quo for Gibraltar and Gibraltarian firms will be retained during the transition period, after which time new arrangements will be put in place as part of a new relationship framework between the UK and Gibraltar. Depending on the nature of those arrangements, further changes to PRA rules may be required.
Policies issued prior to the end of the Transition Period
Existing FSCS protection for insurance policies issued prior to the end of the transition period would be maintained as long as the insurer remains a 'relevant person' under FSMA. Status as a ‘relevant person’ is achieved by a firm being an ‘authorised person’ under FSMA at the time of the act or omission giving rise to the claim. Firms will be ‘authorised persons’ if they have a Part 4A permission, are an insurer within the Temporary Permission Regime or Supervised Run-off under the Financial Services Contracts Regime (with a deemed Part 4A permission), fall within Contractual Run-off under the Financial Services Contracts Regime, or have the benefit of market access rights via the Gibraltar Order for Gibraltarian-based firms.
Where an insurer transfers FSCS-protected insurance liabilities to an insurer without UK authorisation, FSCS protection would only be available for claims in respect of acts or omissions (‘insured events’) that arose before the transfer to the non-authorised successor.
Policies issued after the end of the Transition Period
Policies in respect of risks situated in the UK, Gibraltar, Channel Islands and Isle of Man issued by 'relevant persons' after the end of the transition period may be FSCS protected, depending upon the location of the establishment through which the policy is issued. The FSCS would not protect policies issued after the end of the transition period in respect of EEA risks.