PRA published a policy statement (PS9/19) that provides feedback on responses to the consultation paper CP15/18 and the final supervisory statement SS9/15 (Appendix) on group supervision under Solvency II. SS9/15 sets out the updated expectations for group supervision and incorporates the PRA expectations for assessments of the availability of own funds to cover the group Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR), as set out in CP15/18. The policy in the updated SS9/15 takes immediate effect.
The consultation took place from July to November 2018 and PRA received one response to CP15/18 that highlighted a minor drafting point that has been corrected in the final SS9/15. PRA does not consider the change made to the draft policy to be significant and PRA has not reassessed the cost-benefit analysis or impact on mutuals. This policy statemetn is relevant to all UK insurance firms in the scope of the Solvency II Directive and to the Society of Lloyd’s.
SS9/15 was amended to clarify that in assessing group own funds availability, the solo SCR should no longer be presumed to be a barrier to availability. SS9/15 clarifies that PRA expects such availability analysis to be provided only where a group insurer is based in a jurisdiction that is not subject to a regime that is similar to, and not built on the same principles in relation to capital requirements and quality of capital at solo level as, the UK solvency regime. SS9/15 should be read in conjunction with the relevant European legislation, the Group Supervision Part of the PRA Rulebook, the Solvency II Regulations 2015, and the PRA insurance approach document.
Keywords: Europe, UK, Insurance, Solvency II, Group Supervision, SCR, PS9/19, CP15/18, Own Funds, PRA
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