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SCHEDULES

Section 225(4).

SCHEDULE 17U.K. The Ombudsman Scheme

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1Sch. 17 applied (1.5.2009 for certain purposes and 1.11.2009 otherwise) by The Payment Services Regulations 2009 (S.I. 2009/209), regs. 1(2), 125 (with reg. 3)

Part IU.K. General

InterpretationU.K.

1In this Schedule—

Part IIU.K. The Scheme Operator

[F2 Duty of FCAU.K.

Textual Amendments

F2Sch. 17 para. 2 and cross-heading substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 14 (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

2[F3(1)]The FCA must take such steps as are necessary to ensure that the body corporate established by the Financial Services Authority under this Schedule as originally enacted is, at all times, capable of exercising the functions conferred on the scheme operator by or under this Act.U.K.

[F4(2)The FCA must exercise any function falling within sub-paragraph (3) in a way which is consistent with enabling the scheme operator, at all times, to qualify as an ADR entity and to meet the quality requirements in Chapter II of the ADR Directive.

(3)The following functions of the FCA fall within this sub-paragraph—

(a)making rules for the purposes of section 226;

(b)approving rules made for the purposes of section 227;

(c)specifying an amount under section 229(4);

(d)approving rules made under section 230;

(e)taking steps under sub-paragraph (1);

(f)appointing or removing members of the board under paragraph 3(2);

(g)taking steps under paragraph 3A(1);

(h)making rules under paragraph 7(3);

(i)making rules under paragraph 13;

(j)consenting to scheme rules under paragraph 14(7), other than rules relating to fees;

(k)approving the fixing, variation, addition or removal of standard terms under paragraph 18, other than terms relating to the making of payments to the scheme operator; and

(l)approving arrangements under paragraph 19(3).]]

ConstitutionU.K.

3(1)The constitution of the scheme operator must provide for it to have—U.K.

(a)a chairman; and

(b)a board (which must include the chairman) whose members are the scheme operator’s directors.

(2)The chairman and other members of the board must be persons appointed, and liable to removal from office, by the [F5FCA] (acting, in the case of the chairman, with the approval of the Treasury).

(3)But the terms of their appointment (and in particular those governing removal from office) must be such as to secure their independence from the [F5FCA] in the operation of the scheme.

(4)The function of making voluntary jurisdiction rules under section 227 F6... and the functions conferred by paragraphs 4, 5, 7, 9 [F7, 9A] or 14 may be exercised only by the board.

(5)The validity of any act of the scheme operator is unaffected by—

(a)a vacancy in the office of chairman; or

(b)a defect in the appointment of a person as chairman or as a member of the board.

Textual Amendments

F5Word in Sch. 17 para. 3 substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 15(a) (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

F6Words in Sch. 17 para. 3(4) omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), arts. 1(2)(6), 10(21)(a)

F7Word in Sch. 17 para. 3(4) inserted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 15(b) (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

[F8Relationship with FCAU.K.

Textual Amendments

F8Sch. 17 para. 3A and crossheading inserted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 16 (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

3A(1)The scheme operator and the FCA must each take such steps as it considers appropriate to co-operate with the other in the exercise of their functions under this Part of this Act.U.K.

(2)The scheme operator and the FCA must prepare and maintain a memorandum describing how they intend to comply with sub-paragraph (1).

(3)The scheme operator must ensure that the memorandum as currently in force is published in the way appearing to the scheme operator to be best calculated to bring it to the attention of the public.]

The panel of ombudsmenU.K.

4(1)The scheme operator must appoint and maintain a panel of persons, appearing to it to have appropriate qualifications and experience, to act as ombudsmen for the purposes of the scheme.U.K.

(2)A person’s appointment to the panel is to be on such terms (including terms as to the duration and termination of his appointment and as to remuneration) as the scheme operator considers—

(a)consistent with the independence of the person appointed; and

(b)otherwise appropriate.

The Chief OmbudsmanU.K.

5(1)The scheme operator must appoint one member of the panel to act as Chief Ombudsman.U.K.

(2)The Chief Ombudsman is to be appointed on such terms (including terms as to the duration and termination of his appointment) as the scheme operator considers appropriate.

StatusU.K.

6(1)The scheme operator is not to be regarded as exercising functions on behalf of the Crown.U.K.

(2)The scheme operator’s F9... officers and staff are not to be regarded as Crown servants.

(3)Appointment as Chief Ombudsman or to the panel or as a deputy ombudsman does not confer the status of Crown servant.

Textual Amendments

F9Words in Sch. 17 para. 6(2) omitted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 17 (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

Annual reportsU.K.

7(1)At least once a year—U.K.

(a)the scheme operator must make a report to the [F10FCA] on the discharge of its functions; and

(b)the Chief Ombudsman must make a report to the [F10FCA] on the discharge of his functions.

(2)Each report must distinguish between functions in relation to the scheme’s compulsory jurisdiction F11... and functions in relation to its voluntary jurisdiction.

(3)Each report must also comply with any requirements specified in rules made by the [F10FCA].

(4)The scheme operator must publish each report in the way it considers appropriate.

[F12(5)The Treasury may—

(a)require the scheme operator to comply with any provisions of the Companies Act 2006 about accounts and their audit which would not otherwise apply to it, or

(b)direct that any provision of that Act about accounts and their audit is to apply to the scheme operator with such modifications as are specified in the direction, whether or not the provision would otherwise apply to the scheme manager.

(6)Compliance with any requirement under sub-paragraph (5)(a) or (b) is enforceable by injunction or, in Scotland, an order for specific performance under section 45 of the Court of Session Act 1988.

(7)Proceedings under sub-paragraph (6) may be brought only by the Treasury.]

Textual Amendments

F10Word in Sch. 17 para. 7 substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 18(a) (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

F11Words in Sch. 17 para. 7(2) omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), arts. 1(2)(6), 10(21)(b)

F12Sch. 17 para. 7(5)-(7) inserted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 18(b) (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

[F13Audit of accountsU.K.

Textual Amendments

F13Sch. 17 para. 7A and crossheading inserted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 19 (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

7A(1)The scheme operator must send a copy of its annual accounts to the Comptroller and Auditor General as soon as is reasonably practicable.U.K.

(2)The Comptroller and Auditor General must—

(a)examine, certify and report on accounts received under this paragraph, and

(b)send a copy of the certified accounts and the report to the Treasury.

(3)The Treasury must lay the copy of the certified accounts and the report before Parliament.

(4)The scheme operator must send a copy of the certified accounts and the report to the FCA.

(5)Except as provided by paragraph 7(5), the scheme operator is exempt from the requirements of Part 16 of the Companies Act 2006 (audit), and its balance sheet must contain a statement to that effect.

(6)In this paragraph “annual accounts” has the meaning given by section 471 of the Companies Act 2006.]

[F14Information, advice and guidance]U.K.

Textual Amendments

F14Sch. 17 para. 8 crossheading substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 20 (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

F148The scheme operator may publish [F15such information, guidance or advice] as it considers appropriate and may charge for it or distribute it free of charge.

Textual Amendments

F15Words in Sch. 17 para. 8 substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 21 (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

BudgetU.K.

9(1)The scheme operator must, before the start of each of its financial years, adopt an annual budget which has been approved by the [F16FCA].U.K.

(2)The scheme operator may, with the approval of the [F16FCA], vary the budget for a financial year at any time after its adoption.

(3)The annual budget must include an indication of—

(a)the distribution of resources deployed in the operation of the scheme, and

(b)the amounts of income of the scheme operator arising or expected to arise from the operation of the scheme,

distinguishing between the scheme’s compulsory F17... and voluntary jurisdiction.

Textual Amendments

F16Word in Sch. 17 para. 9 substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 22 (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

F17Words in Sch. 17 para. 9(3) omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), arts. 1(2)(6), 10(21)(c)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C3Sch. 17 para. 9(3) excluded (18.6.2001) by S.I. 2001/1821, arts. 1(1), 4(1)

[F18Annual planU.K.

Textual Amendments

F18Sch. 17 para. 9A and crossheading inserted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 23 (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

9A(1)The scheme operator must in respect of each of its financial years prepare an annual plan.U.K.

(2)The plan must be prepared before the start of the financial year.

(3)An annual plan in respect of a financial year must make provision about the use of the resources of the scheme operator.

(4)The plan may include material relating to periods longer than the financial year in question.

(5)Before preparing an annual plan, the scheme operator must consult such persons (if any) as the scheme operator considers appropriate.

(6)The scheme operator must publish each annual plan in the way it considers appropriate.]

Exemption from liability in damagesU.K.

10(1)No person is to be liable in damages for anything done or omitted in the discharge, or purported discharge, of any functions under this Act in relation to the compulsory jurisdiction F19....U.K.

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply—

(a)if the act or omission is shown to have been in bad faith; or

(b)so as to prevent an award of damages made in respect of an act or omission on the ground that the act or omission was unlawful as a result of section 6(1) of the M1Human Rights Act 1998.

Textual Amendments

F19Words in Sch. 17 para. 10(1) omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), arts. 1(2)(6), 10(21)(d)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C4Sch. 17 para. 10(1) amended (19.7.2001 for specified purposes otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2326, arts. 1(1), 13; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Marginal Citations

PrivilegeU.K.

11For the purposes of the law relating to defamation, proceedings in relation to a complaint which is subject to the compulsory jurisdiction F20... are to be treated as if they were proceedings before a court.

Textual Amendments

F20Words in Sch. 17 para. 11 omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), arts. 1(2)(6), 10(21)(e)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C6Sch. 17 para. 11 amended (19.7.2001 for specified purposes otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2326, arts. 1(1), 14; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Part IIIU.K. The Compulsory Jurisdiction

IntroductionU.K.

12This Part of this Schedule applies only in relation to the compulsory jurisdiction.

[F21FCA's] F22... rulesU.K.

Textual Amendments

F21Word in Sch. 17 para. 13 cross-heading substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 24(b) (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

13(1)The [F23FCA] must make rules providing that a complaint is not to be entertained unless [F24U.K.

(a)]the complainant has referred it under the ombudsman scheme before the applicable time limit (determined in accordance with the rules) has expired [F25, or

(b)in the case of a complaint other than a relevant complaint within the meaning of section 404B, the respondent agrees that the complaint should be entertained despite the complainant having referred it under the ombudsman scheme after the applicable time limit has expired.]

(2)The rules may provide that an ombudsman may extend that time limit in specified circumstances.

(3)The [F23FCA] may make rules providing that a complaint is not to be entertained (except in specified circumstances) if the complainant has not previously communicated its substance to the respondent and given him a reasonable opportunity to deal with it.

(4)The [F23FCA] may make rules requiring an authorised person [F26, [F27an electronic money issuer within the meaning of the Electronic Money Regulations 2011] or a payment service provider within the meaning of the Payment Services Regulations 2009,] who may become subject to the compulsory jurisdiction as a respondent to establish such procedures as the [F23FCA] considers appropriate for the resolution of complaints which—

(a)may be referred to the scheme; and

(b)arise out of activity to which the [F28FCA's] powers under [F29Part 9A] do not apply.

Textual Amendments

F23Word in Sch. 17 para. 13 substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 24(a) (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

F26Words in Sch. 17 para. 13(4) inserted (2.3.2009 for certain purposes, 1.5.2009 for certain further purposes and 1.11.2009 otherwise) by The Payment Services Regulations 2009 (S.I. 2009/209), regs. 1(2), 126, Sch. 6 para. 1(2) (with reg. 3)

F27Words in Sch. 17 para. 13(4) inserted (9.2.2011 for certain purposes and 30.4.2011 otherwise) by The Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (S.I. 2011/99), regs. 1(2)(a)(xv)(b), 79, Sch. 4 para. 2(8) (with reg. 3)

F28Word in Sch. 17 para. 13 substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 24(b) (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

F29Words in Sch. 17 para. 13(4)(b) substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 24(c) (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C8Sch. 17 para. 13 amended (19.7.2001 for specified purposes otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2326, arts. 1(1), 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

The scheme operator’s rulesU.K.

14(1)The scheme operator must make rules, to be known as “scheme rules”, which are to set out the procedure for reference of complaints and for their investigation, consideration and determination by an ombudsman.U.K.

(2)Scheme rules may, among other things—

(a)specify matters which are to be taken into account in determining whether an act or omission was fair and reasonable;

(b)provide that a complaint may, in specified circumstances, be dismissed without consideration of its merits;

(c)provide for the reference of a complaint, in specified circumstances and with the consent of the complainant, to another body with a view to its being determined by that body instead of by an ombudsman;

(d)make provision as to the evidence which may be required or admitted, the extent to which it should be oral or written and the consequences of a person’s failure to produce any information or document which he has been required (under section 231 or otherwise) to produce;

(e)allow an ombudsman to fix time limits for any aspect of the proceedings and to extend a time limit;

(f)provide for certain things in relation to the reference, investigation or consideration (but not determination) of a complaint to be done by a member of the scheme operator’s staff instead of by an ombudsman;

[F30(fa)allow the correction of any clerical mistake in the written statement of a determination made by an ombudsman;

(fb)provide that any irregularity arising from a failure to comply with any provisions of the scheme rules does not of itself render a determination void;]

(g)make different provision in relation to different kinds of complaint.

(3)The circumstances specified under sub-paragraph (2)(b) may include the following—

(a)the ombudsman considers the complaint frivolous or vexatious;

(b)legal proceedings have been brought concerning the subject-matter of the complaint and the ombudsman considers that the complaint is best dealt with in those proceedings; or

(c)the ombudsman is satisfied that there are other compelling reasons why it is inappropriate for the complaint to be dealt with under the ombudsman scheme.

[F31(3A)The scheme operator must exercise the function of making scheme rules in a way which is consistent with enabling the scheme operator to qualify as an ADR entity and to meet the quality requirements in Chapter II of the ADR Directive.]

(4)If the scheme operator proposes to make any scheme rules it must publish a draft of the proposed rules in the way appearing to it to be best calculated to bring them to the attention of persons appearing to it to be likely to be affected.

(5)The draft must be accompanied by a statement that representations about the proposals may be made to the scheme operator within a time specified in the statement.

(6)Before making the proposed scheme rules, the scheme operator must have regard to any representations made to it under sub-paragraph (5).

(7)The consent of the [F32FCA] is required before any scheme rules may be made.

Textual Amendments

F30Sch. 17 para. 14(2)(fa)(fb) inserted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 25(a) (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

F32Word in Sch. 17 para. 14(7) substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 25(b) (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C10Sch. 17 para. 14 amended (19.7.2001 for specified purposes otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2326, arts. 1(1), 5; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

C12Sch. 17 para. 14 modified by The Payment Services Regulations 2009 (S.I. 2009/209), Sch. 7 para. 3(2) (as inserted (1.10.2009 for certain purposes and 1.11.2009 otherwise) by S.I. 2009/2475, reg. 13)

C13Sch. 17 para. 14(4)(5) amended (19.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2326, arts. 1(1)(a), 16(a); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

FeesU.K.

15(1)Scheme rules may require a respondent to pay to the scheme operator such fees as may be specified in the rules.U.K.

(2)The rules may, among other things—

(a)provide for the scheme operator to reduce or waive a fee in a particular case;

(b)set different fees for different stages of the proceedings on a complaint;

(c)provide for fees to be refunded in specified circumstances;

(d)make different provision for different kinds of complaint.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C15Sch. 17 para. 15 amended (19.7.2001 for specified purposes otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2326, arts. 1(1), 12(2)(3); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Enforcement of money awardsU.K.

16A money award, including interest, which has been registered in accordance with scheme rules may—

(a)if [F33the county court] so orders in England and Wales, be recovered [F34under section 85 of the County Courts Act 1984] (or otherwise) as if it were payable under an order of that court;

(b)be enforced in Northern Ireland as a money judgment under the M2Judgments Enforcement (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;

(c)be enforced in Scotland by the sheriff, as if it were a judgment or order of the sheriff and whether or not the sheriff could himself have granted such judgment or order.

Textual Amendments

F33Words in Sch. 17 para. 16(a) substituted (22.4.2014) by Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(3), Sch. 9 para. 52; S.I. 2014/954, art. 2(c) (with art. 3) (with transitional provisions and savings in S.I. 2014/956, arts. 3-11)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C17Sch. 17 para. 16 applied (19.7.2001 for specified purposes otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2326, arts. 1(1), 16(4)(6); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Marginal Citations

F35Part 3AU.K.The consumer credit jurisdiction

Textual Amendments

F35Sch. 17 Pt. 3A omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), arts. 1(2)(6), 10(21)(f)

IntroductionU.K.

16A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Procedure for complaints etc.U.K.

16B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

FeesU.K.

16C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Enforcement of money awardsU.K.

16D. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Procedure for consumer credit rulesU.K.

16E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Verification of consumer credit rulesU.K.

16F. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

ConsultationU.K.

16G. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Part IVU.K. The Voluntary Jurisdiction

IntroductionU.K.

17This Part of this Schedule applies only in relation to the voluntary jurisdiction.

Terms of reference to the schemeU.K.

18(1)Complaints are to be dealt with and determined under the voluntary jurisdiction on standard terms fixed by the scheme operator with the approval of the [F36FCA].U.K.

(2)Different standard terms may be fixed with respect to different matters or in relation to different cases.

(3)The standard terms may, in particular—

(a)require the making of payments to the scheme operator by participants in the scheme of such amounts, and at such times, as may be determined by the scheme operator;

(b)make provision as to the award of costs on the determination of a complaint.

(4)The scheme operator may not vary any of the standard terms or add or remove terms without the approval of the [F36FCA].

(5)The standard terms may include provision to the effect that (unless acting in bad faith) none of the following is to be liable in damages for anything done or omitted in the discharge or purported discharge of functions in connection with the voluntary jurisdiction—

(a)the scheme operator;

(b)any member of its governing body;

(c)any member of its staff;

(d)any person acting as an ombudsman for the purposes of the scheme.

Textual Amendments

F36Word in Sch. 17 para. 18 substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 19.3.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 28 (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.; S.I. 2013/651, art. 2(b)

Delegation by and to other schemesU.K.

19(1)The scheme operator may make arrangements with a relevant body—U.K.

(a)for the exercise by that body of any part of the voluntary jurisdiction of the ombudsman scheme on behalf of the scheme; or

(b)for the exercise by the scheme of any function of that body as if it were part of the voluntary jurisdiction of the scheme.

(2)A “relevant body” is one which the scheme operator is satisfied—

(a)is responsible for the operation of a broadly comparable scheme (whether or not established by statute) for the resolution of disputes; and

(b)in the case of arrangements under sub-paragraph (1)(a), will exercise the jurisdiction in question in a way compatible with the requirements imposed by or under this Act in relation to complaints of the kind concerned.

(3)Such arrangements require the approval of the [F37FCA].

Textual Amendments

F37Word in Sch. 17 para. 19(3) substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 29 (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

Voluntary jurisdiction rules: procedureU.K.

20(1)If the scheme operator makes voluntary jurisdiction rules, it must give a copy to the [F38FCA] without delay.U.K.

(2)If the scheme operator revokes any such rules, it must give written notice to the [F38FCA] without delay.

(3)The power to make voluntary jurisdiction rules is exercisable in writing.

(4)Immediately after making voluntary jurisdiction rules, the scheme operator must arrange for them to be printed and made available to the public.

(5)The scheme operator may charge a reasonable fee for providing a person with a copy of any voluntary jurisdiction rules.

Textual Amendments

F38Word in Sch. 17 para. 20 substituted (24.1.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2013 in so far as not already in force) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), s. 122(3), Sch. 11 para. 30 (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/113, art. 2(1)(c), Sch. Pt. 3; S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

Verification of the rulesU.K.

21(1)The production of a printed copy of voluntary jurisdiction rules purporting to be made by the scheme operator—U.K.

(a)on which is endorsed a certificate signed by a member of the scheme operator’s staff authorised by the scheme operator for that purpose, and

(b)which contains the required statements,

is evidence (or in Scotland sufficient evidence) of the facts stated in the certificate.

(2)The required statements are—

(a)that the rules were made by the scheme operator;

(b)that the copy is a true copy of the rules; and

(c)that on a specified date the rules were made available to the public in accordance with paragraph 20(4).

(3)A certificate purporting to be signed as mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) is to be taken to have been duly signed unless the contrary is shown.

ConsultationU.K.

22(1)If the scheme operator proposes to make voluntary jurisdiction rules, it must publish a draft of the proposed rules in the way appearing to it to be best calculated to bring them to the attention of the public.U.K.

(2)The draft must be accompanied by—

(a)an explanation of the proposed rules; and

(b)a statement that representations about the proposals may be made to the scheme operator within a specified time.

(3)Before making any voluntary jurisdiction rules, the scheme operator must have regard to any representations made to it in accordance with sub-paragraph (2)(b).

(4)If voluntary jurisdiction rules made by the scheme operator differ from the draft published under sub-paragraph (1) in a way which the scheme operator considers significant, the scheme operator must publish a statement of the difference.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C18Sch. 17 para. 22(1)(2) amended (19.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2326, arts. 1(1)(a), 16(b); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)