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Financial Diversity & the Regulators

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kate creagh,
Last updated:
31 May 2016

With the new Bank of England and Financial Services Act now in law the building society sector has gained a significantly stronger competition requirement. Clause 20 in the act requires the regulators to consider financial diversity, specifically mutuality, when carrying out i...

The Queen's Speech

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kate creagh,
Last updated:
31 May 2016

The Government announced its legislative programme for the coming year on 18 May 2016, with a number of Bills of interest for the building society sector.  A brief outline of what we can expect follows, with further information due as Bills are published in the coming months. ...

The Bank of England and Financial Services Bill

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Contact:
kate creagh,
Last updated:
17 December 2015

Earlier this week, the Bank of England and Financial Services Bill was debated again in the House of Lords. The reason for our interest in it is that the role of mutuals and the impact of regulation on the sector has been discussed in debates. Last night we had an amendment f...

Modern Methods of Construction

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Contact:
kate creagh,
Last updated:
27 October 2016

At the Conservative Party Conference earlier this month the Government announced additional support for house building in the UK. Amongst these were the £3bn Home Building Fund to support all private sector builders and the £2bn fund to support ‘Accelerated Construction’ and ...

BSA position on the Government Savings Bill

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Contact:
kate creagh,
Last updated:
27 October 2016

The Government’s Savings (Government Contributions) Bill recently had its Second Reading. The Bill contains details of the Lifetime ISA (LISA) and the Help-to-Save scheme. The BSA has outlined its position on the Bill. The Lifetime ISA is designed to be a long-term savings ...

Vulnerable customers at risk from SMI changes

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Contact:
kate creagh,
Last updated:
22 March 2018

On 5 April 2018, the Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) benefit will be changed to a second charge loan.  DWP, via Serco, has issued thousands of letters and made thousands of telephone calls to the circa 135,000 benefit recipients to let them know what is going on and what ...

Our new Government

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kate creagh,
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After an exciting week in Westminster, with Boris Johnson taking over as Prime Minister and a swift Cabinet reshuffle, the BSA has written to the new Prime Minister about housing, savings and communities. In its letter the BSA called for: An increase in the number of home...

BSA members set target of 1 million workplace savers

Press release,
Contact:
kate creagh,
Last updated:
21 January 2020

Building societies and BSA member credit unions are working to help create one million workplace savers by 2025 7.5 million people in work do not currently save The target supports the Money and Pensions Service which is planning to help an additional two million more...

1.2 million mortgage customers given mortgage payment holidays

Press release,
Contact:
kate creagh,
Last updated:
14 April 2020

Over 1.2 million mortgage payment holidays have been offered by lenders to customers impacted by Covid-19. Action by lenders means one in nine mortgages in the UK are now subject to a payment holiday. The number of payment holidays in place more than tripled in the two week...

BSA Press and Public Affairs contacts

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kate creagh,
Last updated:
03 October 2014

If you are a member of the public looking to contact the BSA, email  Simon Rex  or call 020 7520 5900.   If you are a parliamentarian, journalist or stakeholder, please contact:   Kate Creagh Public Affairs Manager 020 7520 5905 kate.creagh@bsa.org.uk   ...

Introduction to the sector

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kate creagh,
Last updated:
10 January 2019

For people, not shareholders This leaflet gives an overview of the sector, answering some of the questions the BSA receives about building societies. You can download the leaflet by clicking on the image or here . For more information please contact Kate Creagh .  ...

Key pages of the BSA website

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kate creagh,
Last updated:
18 April 2016

The BSA produces a range of material for varied audiences.  We have signposted below pages that may be of use to you. Key statistics Facts and figures about building societies and other mutuals including building society assets, savings market and mortgage market statisti...

Safe as houses: strengthening the UK's mortgage safety net

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kate creagh,
Last updated:
25 February 2021

  Published today, an independent report by SMF, funded by the BSA, explores the topic of 'mortgage safety nets' - support for mortgage-holders in the event of loss of income or employment Report:  Safe as houses: strengthening the UK's mortgage safety net Press release: ...

BSA Autumn Statement submission

Industry response,
Contact:
kate creagh,
Last updated:
09 November 2016

Dear Chancellor   Autumn Statement 2016 Given the significant changes, challenges and opportunities facing the UK as a result of the EU Referendum and what will flow from it, we have set out some thoughts and ideas which we hope will be of value as you develop your Autu...

Our response to the Bank of England and Financial Services Public Bill Commitee

Industry response,
Contact:
kate creagh,
Last updated:
11 February 2016

The Building Societies Association response to the Bank of England and Financial Services Public Bill Committee is here . It covers Clause 19 (financial diversity) and clauses 20, 23 and 24 which cover the strengthening accountability regime.