Consultation outcome

Financial Policy Committee’s leverage ratio framework

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

The consultation response document summarises the comments received on the FPC’s housing market tools consultation and the FPC’s leverage ratio framework consultation. It then sets out the government’s decision on the issues raised. The responses to the FPC’s leverage ratio framework consultation can be found in chapter three of the consultation response document. The government has also published an impact assessment relating to the powers being granted to the FPC over the leverage ratio framework.

Original consultation

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This consultation seeks to gather the opinions of stakeholders and other interested parties concerning the leverage ratio framework that the Financial Policy Committee (FPC) has recommended it be granted new powers of direction over.


Consultation description

In light of international developments, the Chancellor judged that it was an appropriate time for the FPC to consider all outstanding issues relating to the leverage ratio and on 26 November 2013 requested that the FPC undertake a review of the leverage ratio and its role in the regulatory framework.

Following almost a year of work and extensive consultation with stakeholders, on 31 October 2014 the FPC published its recommendations to HM Treasury. Specifically, the FPC recommended that it be granted powers of direction over the Prudential Regulation Authority to set leverage ratio requirements and buffers including:

  • a minimum leverage ratio requirement
  • a supplementary leverage ratio buffer that will apply to G-SIBs and other major domestic UK banks and building societies, including ring-fenced banks
  • a countercyclical leverage ratio buffer

This consultation aims to gather views on the government’s proposed implementation of the FPC’s recommendations regarding a leverage ratio framework.

Who should read this

We would like to hear from institutions that would be affected by the FPC’s proposed powers of direction (i.e. PRA-regulated banks, building societies and investment firms) and associated bodies. We would also welcome responses from all parties interested in the capital requirements for financial institutions.