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Application provision

1.1 This Part applies to a CRR firm that receives critical services if it fulfils any of the following conditions on 1 January of any year:

  1. (1) the average of the firm’s total assets it was required to report in the previous 36 months in accordance with Chapters 7 and 9 of the Regulatory Reporting Part of the PRA Rulebook exceeds £10bn;
  2. (2) the average of the firm’s safe custody assets it was required to report in the previous 36 months in accordance with SUP 16.14 of the FCA Handbook as amended from time to time exceeds £10bn; or
  3. (3) the average total amount of received sight deposits it was required to report in the previous 36 months in accordance with the ITS on supervisory reporting, or that it would have had to report if the ITS on supervisory reporting had been in force, exceeds £350m.

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Application and Definitions

1.1

01/01/2019

This Part applies to a CRR firm that receives critical services if it fulfils any of the following conditions on 1 January of any year:

  1. (1) the average of the firm’s total assets it was required to report in the previous 36 months in accordance with Chapters 7 and 9 of the Regulatory Reporting Part of the PRA Rulebook exceeds £10bn;
  2. (2) the average of the firm’s safe custody assets it was required to report in the previous 36 months in accordance with SUP 16.14 of the FCA Handbook as amended from time to time exceeds £10bn; or
  3. (3) the average total amount of received sight deposits it was required to report in the previous 36 months in accordance with the ITS on supervisory reporting, or that it would have had to report if the ITS on supervisory reporting had been in force, exceeds £350m.

1.2

01/01/2019

This Part ceases to apply to a CRR firm to which it applies under 1.1 if the firm does not meet any of the conditions in 1.1 on 1 January in each of two consecutive years.

1.3

01/01/2019

1.2 does not prevent this Part applying to a CRR firm on a subsequent occasion if one of the conditions in 1.1 is met again.

1.4

01/01/2019

A firm must calculate the averages in 1.1 by adding the values it was required to report each time a report was due and dividing the total by the number of times the report was due.

1.5

01/01/2019

In this Part, the following definitions shall apply:

critical functions

has the meaning in section 3(1) and (2) of the Banking Act 2009.

safe custody asset

has the meaning in the FCA Handbook as amended from time to time.

ITS on supervisory reporting

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 680/2014 as amended by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2016/313 laying down implementing technical standards with regard to supervisory reporting of institutions according to Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

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Facilitation of Effective Recovery and Resolution Planning

2.1

01/01/2019

A firm must ensure the operational arrangements for the critical services it receives facilitate the effective execution of:

  1. (1) its recovery plan; and
  2. (2) the group recovery plan of its group.

2.2

01/01/2019

A firm must ensure the operational arrangements for the critical services it receives facilitate the effective planning for and effective taking of actions in the event of:

  1. (1) circumstances in which all or part of its business is likely to fail; or
  2. (2) the failure of all or part of its business. 

2.3

01/01/2019

A firm’s operational arrangements must ensure the continuity of the critical services it receives in the event of:

  1. (1) circumstances in which all or part of the business of any other member of its group is likely to fail; or
  2. (2) the failure of all or part of the business of any other member of its group.

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Details of Operational Continuity Arrangements

3.1

01/01/2019

If a firm receives critical services from one of its business units, it must document: 

  1. (1) the details of the critical services; and
  2. (2) the transition arrangements for these critical services in the event of the firm being restructured or resolved.

3.2

01/01/2019

If a firm receives critical services from another party, it must ensure the agreement governing the provision of these services:

  1. (1) does not permit the other party to terminate, suspend or materially alter the services or facilities or the agreement as a result of the deterioration in the financial circumstances or the resolution of the firm or any of its group members; and
  2. (2) entitles the firm to continue to receive those services during the firm’s resolution or restructuring as long as the firm fulfils its payment obligations under the agreement.

3.3

01/01/2019

A firm must ensure the charging structure for the critical services it receives is predictable, transparent and set on arm’s length terms.

3.4

01/01/2019

A firm must ensure access by the firm, the service provider and the PRA to the operational assets supporting critical services is not disrupted in the event of a group member being restructured or resolved.

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Group Arrangements for Operational Continuity

4.1

01/01/2019

This chapter applies to a firm that receives critical services from a group provider.

4.2

01/01/2019

A firm must ensure the group provider has a governance and management structure in place that supports the continuity of the provision of critical services to the firm.

4.3

01/01/2019

A firm must ensure that in the event of the deterioration in the financial circumstances of another group member the group provider continues to provide the critical services to the firm in accordance with the agreement governing the critical services provision or the documentation required under 3.1.