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    FCA and PRA Amend Reporting Requirements for Mortgage Lenders

    September 30, 2019

    FCA and PRA finalized changes to the Mortgage Lenders and Administrators Return (MLAR) for regulated mortgage lenders and home finance administrators. Home finance lenders and administrators are currently required to submit aggregated data via MLAR, as well as individual product data via Product Sales Data to FCA. The data are shared with BoE and PRA. As part of PS22/19, PRA has also published updated versions of notes for the completion of MLAR and the supervisory statement (SS34/15) on guidelines to completing regulatory reports. The MLAR form and notes will take effect from October 01, 2020.

    FCA and PRA published a joint policy statement (PS19/23 of FCA; PS22/19 of PRA) that summarizes the feedback received, along with the PRA and FCA response, to the consultation papers CP18/41 of FCA and CP30/18 of PRA. FCA and PRA received 19 consultation responses and the respondents generally supported the proposed changes. Firms and their trade bodies generally agreed the data should help meet objectives and carry out functions. Most respondents also agreed with the proposed methods for collecting the data. There were some exceptions to this, notably from 1 trade body and those responding from the credit union sector. Their concerns have been considered in the policy statement.

    FCA and PRA are implementing proposals broadly as consulted on. However, they are making several changes of detail due to the feedback received:

    • For the performance data report (PSD007), the authorities are introducing data items that will give a clearer understanding of how mortgage books are held (without unduly burdening firms).
    • FCA and PRA are making changes to clarify and simplify the intended content. For the sales data report (PSD001), some of the data fields have been changed to clarify the intended content and the number of data fields which need to be completed for internal product transfers have been reduced.
    • FCA and PRA have added an additional field about the rates used for affordability tests where firms have stepped rate products. This is in response to feedback from a firm and a large trade association.
    • A minor consequential change has been made to the guidance notes and a data field label on MLAR, due to feedback about the PSD001 changes.

    Firms need to ensure that they meet the requirements of the new rules so that reporting is in line with the changes set out in the policy statement. Firms will need to implement the changes within 12 months following publication of the policy statement to implement the PSD007 and MLAR changes and have 18 months to implement the PSD001 changes. New reporting requirements for PSD001 come into force on April 01, 2021 while the reporting requirements for PSD007 come into force on January 01, 2021. It is planned that the technical documents (Data Reference Guide) will be published in October 2019 and that firms will be given access to the FCA reporting system (GABRIEL) test environment from November 2019. 

     

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    Effective Date: October 01, 2020 (MLAR Form and Notes); January 01, 2021 (PSD007); April 01, 2021 (PSD001)

    Keywords: Europe, UK, Banking, Reporting, Mortgage Lending, MLAR, PRA, FCA

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