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2001 No. 816

FRIENDLY SOCIETIES

The Friendly Societies (General Charge and Fees) Regulations 2001

Made

8th March 2001

Laid before Parliament

9th March 2001

Coming into force

1st April 2001

The Treasury, in exercise of the powers conferred upon them by sections 2(2) and (4) and 114(2) of the Friendly Societies Act 1992(1) and section 104(1) of the Friendly Societies Act 1974(2), hereby make the following Regulations:—

Citation and Commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Friendly Societies (General Charge and Fees) Regulations 2001 and shall come into force on 1st April 2001.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations—

“the 1974 Act” means the Friendly Societies Act 1974;

“the 1992 Act” means the Friendly Societies Act 1992;

“Accounting year” means the period of 12 months ending with 31st March;

“amalgamation” means an amalgamation under section 85 of the 1992 Act or under section 82 of the 1974 Act;

“the central office” has the meaning given in section 119 of the 1992 Act;

“the Chief Registrar” means the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies;

the Commission” means the Friendly Societies Commission;

“conversion” means conversion under section 91 of the 1992 Act or under section 84 of the 1974 Act;

“society” means a society registered under the 1974 Act or a society incorporated under the 1992 Act; and

“transfer of engagements” means a transfer of engagements under section 86 of the 1992 Act or under section 82 of the 1974 Act.

General charge in respect of the accounting year beginning 1st April 2001

3.—(1) A friendly society which on 1st April 2001 is a registered or incorporated society shall pay to the Commission, with respect to the accounting year beginning on that date, a sum determined in accordance with Schedule 1 to these Regulations using the value of the friendly society’s specified income for the year ended 31st December 2000 as determined in accordance with that Schedule.

(2) Where, after 31st December 2000 and before 1st April 2001, a friendly society has transferred its engagements to another friendly society, the transferee friendly society shall, in addition to any other sum payable by it under this regulation, pay, with respect to the accounting year beginning 1st April 2001, any sum which would have been payable by the transferor friendly society had it been subject to paragraph (1) above.

Payment of the general charge

4.  Any sums payable under regulation 3 above by a friendly society shall be paid on or before 1st September 2001.

Fees in respect of particular functions of central office, Chief Registrar and Commission

5.—(1) Upon making an application of a nature specified in Schedule 2 to these Regulations, the person who makes that application shall pay the relevant fee specified in that Schedule in respect of the examination of the application by the central office, Chief Registrar or the Commission (as the case may be).

(2) Any sums payable under paragraph (1) above shall be paid, in respect of functions performed by the Chief Registrar or the central office, to the Chief Registrar and in respect of functions performed by the Commission, to the Commission.

(3) The fees specified at paragraphs 20 and 22 in Schedule 2 to these Regulations may be reduced by the Commission to the fees specified in paragraphs 21 and 23 of Schedule 2 in any case where an application is made to the Commission by any of the societies concerned in a proposed amalgamation or transfer of engagements, as the case may be, which is a society to which section 37(2) or (3) of the 1992 Act does not apply, to the effect that such a society would otherwise be deterred from proceeding with such amalgamation or transfer of engagements, if the fee specified at paragraph 20 or 22, as the case may be, were to apply.

(4) Where it is proposed to transfer the engagements of one friendly society to another, and the proposed transferee:

(i)applies to the Commission:

(a)for an extension of its authorisation under section 32 of the 1992 Act in order that, if the Commission confirms the transfer, it will be authorised to fulfil the engagements proposed to be transferred to it; and

(b)for a reduction of the fee specified at paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 to these Regulations;

and

(ii)certifies to the Commission that it does not intend to effect any insurance contracts or contracts for non-insurance benefits (as the case may be) pursuant to the extension of its authorisation;

the fee may be reduced by the Commission to that specified in paragraph 4 of Schedule 2.

Inspection and copying fees

6.  Any person wishing to inspect or to be furnished with a copy of any document in the custody of the central office shall, upon making such request to inspect or to be furnished with a copy, as the case may be, pay to the Chief Registrar the relevant fee specified in Schedule 3 to these Regulations.

Revocation of regulations relating to the preceding accounting year

7.  The Friendly Societies (General Charge and Fees) Regulations 2000(3) are hereby revoked.

Jim Dowd

Greg Pope

Two of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury

8th March 2001

Regulation 3

SCHEDULE 1GENERAL CHARGE PAYABLE BY SOCIETIES

1.  The sum specified in this Schedule is the sum determined by the formula—

A × B

where A = 0.57/100, and

  • B = the specified income for the year ended 31st December 2000 as determined in accordance with paragraphs 2 to 4 below provided that—

    (a)

    where the resultant sum exceeds £50,000, the sum is £50,000; and

    (b)

    where the resultant sum is less than £375, the sum is £375.

Specified income

2.  In respect of a society to which section 37(2) or (3) of the 1992 Act applies, which is an incorporated society or which carries on reinsurance business and which, for the year ended 31st December 2000, was required under section 69 of the 1992 Act to prepare annual accounts in the form specified in section 70 of the 1992 Act and in the Friendly Societies (Accounts and Related Provisions) Regulations 1994(4) (“the Accounts Regulations”), the value of the specified income for that year is the sum of the amounts entered as income items I.1, I.2a.(b), II.1, II.2.(b) and III.3.(b) in the income and expenditure account prepared by the society in accordance with Part I of Schedule I to the Accounts Regulations and the specified income for the year ended 31st December 2000 of every registered branch of the society as determined in accordance with paragraph 4 below.

3.  In respect of a society to which section 37(2) or (3) of the 1992 Act does not apply, which is a registered society and which does not carry on reinsurance business and which, for the year ended 31st December 2000, was required under section 69 of the 1992 Act to prepare annual accounts in the form specified in section 70 of the 1992 Act and in the Accounts Regulations, the value of the specified income for that year is the sum of the amounts entered as income items 1.(a), 1.(b)(i) and 1.(c) in the income and expenditure account prepared by the society in accordance with Part I of Schedule 7 to the Accounts Regulations and the specified income for the year ended 31st December 2000 of every registered branch of the society as determined in accordance with paragraph 4 below.

4.  In respect of a registered branch which, for the year ended 31st December 2000, was required under section 69 of the 1992 Act to prepare annual accounts in the form specified in section 70 of the 1992 Act and in the Accounts Regulations, the value of the specified income for that year is the sum of the amounts entered as income items 1.(a), 1.(b)(i) and 1.(c) in the income and expenditure account prepared by the branch in accordance with Part I of Schedule 7 to the Accounts Regulations or which would be so entered were the branch required to prepare its income and expenditure account in accordance with that part of that Schedule but leaving out of account the amount of any income received from the central body having control of the branch or from another registered branch of the society.

SCHEDULE 2FEE PAYABLE FOR CENTRAL OFFICE, CHIEF REGISTRAR OR COMMISSION FUNCTIONS

Nature of applicationfee payable
£

1.  For the incorporation of a friendly society and the registration of the friendly society’s rules—

(a)where it relates to a new friendly society

980

(b)where it relates to an existing society

780

2.  For the registration of a branch

220

3.  For the grant of authorisation under section 32 of the 1992 Act in respect of each class of insurance business and each description of non-insurance business authorised

1,120

4.  For the grant of authorisation under section 33 of the 1992 Act

180

5.  For the registration of an annual return or a set of annual accounts (except where the society or branch concerned has by written notice sent to the central office irrevocably elected to pay the fees specified in paragraph 6 of this Schedule)—

(a)in the case of an annual return or set of annual accounts for a year of account ended on or before 31st December 2000

(i)where it relates to a society

140

(ii)where it relates to a branch

65

(b)in the case of an annual return or set of annual accounts for any subsequent year of account

(i)where it relates to a society

150

(ii)where it relates to a branch

70

6.  The fees specified in this paragraph shall be payable where the society or branch concerned has by notice made an election under paragraph 5 of this Schedule:

(a)for the acknowledgement of registration of an amendment to rules (including approval of name in the case of an amendment effecting a change of name of a society or a branch)—

(i)if the amendment substitutes an entire set of rules for the existing set of rules (except as provided in paragraph 19 of this Schedule)—

(A)where made by a society

560

(B)where made by a branch

185

(ii)if the amendment does not substitute an entire set of rules for the existing set of rules—

(A)where made by a society

280

(B)where made by a branch

75

(b)for the acknowledgement of registration of a notice of change in the situation of a registered office

(A)of a society

40

(B)of a branch

40

(c)for the acknowledgement issued in respect of a notice of appointment of a trustee or trustees—

(A)of a society

40

(B)of a branch

40

(d)for the acknowledgement of registration of a change of name of an incorporated friendly society

180

(e)for the acknowledgement of registration of an alteration of the memorandum of an incorporated friendly society

300

7.  For the registration of a special resolution—

(a)where the special resolution relates to an amalgamation or a transfer of engagements

410

(b)where the special resolution relates to a conversion

675

8.  For the appointment of an inspector or calling of a special meeting by the Chief Registrar

250

9.  For the calling of a special meeting by the Commission

565

10.  For the appointment of an inspector by the Commission

225

11.  For the registration of an instrument of dissolution or alteration therein—

(a)of a society

485

(b)of a branch

350

12.  For an award of dissolution where the matter is settled without a hearing or upon one hearing without adjournment

55

13.  For an award of dissolution where more than one hearing is required or where the hearing is adjourned—

  • The same fee as where the matter is settled upon one hearing without adjournment and in addition for every hearing after the first and for every adjournment

55

14.  For a direction for division or appropriation of assets of a society—

(a)where the value of the assets is £1,000 or less

20% of that value

(b)where the value of the assets exceeds £1,000

£200 with an additional £10 for every £100 or part thereof in excess of £1,000

15.  For an investigation into the affairs of a society or branch with a view to an award of dissolution thereof

1000

16.  For a document required to be signed by a Registrar, or to bear the seal of the central office, not chargeable with any other fee, provided that such fee shall not be paid by a society or branch which has not by notice elected as in paragraph 6 of this Schedule

50

17.  For the approval of a form of model rules relating to a society registered as a working men’s club submitted by a sponsoring association or body

1,080

18.  For the approval of a form of model rules relating to a society registered as a working men’s club submitted by a sponsoring association or body where such form of model rules amends an already approved form of model rules and contains a maximum of six amendments

285

19.  For the registration of an amendment of rules of a society registered as a working men’s club, being a substitution of an entire set of rules for the existing set of rules, where the entire set of rules is in the form of model rules and where the application for registration is made through and endorsed by the association or body which has sponsored the rules contained in the said model

90

20.  For the confirmation of an amalgamation or transfer of engagements

2,245

21.  For the confirmation of an amalgamation or transfer of engagements where a society which is not a society to which section 37(2) or (3) of the 1992 Act applies has made an application which is accepted by the Commission for a reduction in the fee otherwise payable

225

22.  For the approval by the Commission of a statement relating to an amalgamation or transfer of engagements required to be sent by a society to its members under paragraph 1 of Schedule 15 to the 1992 Act or of a statement relating to a conversion required to be sent by a society to its members under paragraph 3 of that Schedule

2,245

23.  For the approval by the Commission of a statement required to be sent by a society to its members as described in paragraph 22 of this Schedule where a society which is not a society to which section 37(2) or (3) of the 1992 Act applies has made an application which is accepted by the Commission for a reduction in the fee otherwise payable

340

24.  For the registration of a copy of an instrument of transfer of engagements

190

25.  For the registration of a scheme under section 6(5) of the 1992 Act

125

26.  For a request to cancel the registration of a society

50

27.  For the confirmation of a conversion

2,245

28.  For the consent of the Commission that an instrument of dissolution or alteration shall be of effect for the purpose of affecting or facilitating a transfer of engagements to any other friendly society or to a company

2,245

29.  For the consent of the Commission for a society to form or acquire control of a body corporate jointly with a person other than another incorporated friendly society

2,245

30.  For the consent of the Commission for a society to undertake to fulfil the engagements of another society by a special resolution of the committee of management

340

31.  For the grant of a dispensation by the Commission of the requirements of section 47(1) to (6) of the 1992 Act

52

32.  For a direction to a society by notice extending the period (by not more than 3 months) within which the society shall send three copies of the abstract of the actuary’s report which it is required to send to the Commission under section 46(3) of the 1992 Act

52

33.  For a direction to a society by notice extending the period (by not more than 6 months) within which the society shall cause to be made and sent to the Commission the abstract of the actuary’s report which under section 47(2) of the 1992 Act should be made and sent to the Commission

52

34.  For the extension by the Commission of the period within which, under regulation 57(1) of the Friendly Societies (Insurance Business) Regulations 1994(5), a society is required to deposit three copies of the statement or underwriting account prepared by the society under regulation 55(1), (3), or (5), or 56(1) or (2) of those Regulations 52

35.  For the consent of the Commission for a society to value implicit items in accordance with the provisions of regulations 9 to 11, with respect to long term business, and regulation 11, with respect to general business, of the Friendly Societies (Insurance Business) Regulations 1994

215

Regulation 6

SCHEDULE 3FEE PAYABLE TO CHIEF REGISTRAR FOR INSPECTION OR A COPY OF A DOCUMENT

Facility soughtfee payable
£

1.  The inspection on any particular day of documents relating to a single society

10.00

2.  For the provision of a copy of the whole of or an extract from any document—

(a)where the copy is not certified as a true copy of a document in the custody of the Registrar—

(i)where the copy does not exceed 10 pages, or for the first 10 pages of a copy which exceeds 10 pages

6.00

(ii)for every page of a copy after the tenth page

0.60

(b)where the copy is certified as provided in sub-paragraph (a) above (as an addition to whatever fee would be payable if the copy were not so certified)

12.00

3.  In addition to any fee payable under paragraph 2 above, for the provision of a copy, or copies, of the whole of, or an extract from, any document by post

5.00

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations provide for a general charge to be paid by friendly societies towards the expenses of the Friendly Societies Commission. The charge is levied with respect to the Commission’s accounting year beginning 1st April 2001 and is expected to raise £1.7 million (an increase of 5% from that raised for the accounting year beginning 1st April 2000). In accordance with Schedule 1, each society is required to pay 0.57% of its “specified income” for the year to 31st December 2000, subject to a minimum charge of £375 and a maximum of £50,000. (Under the Friendly Societies (General Charge and Fees) Regulations 2000 (“the 2000 Regulations”) the percentage was 0.55%, and the minimum and maximum £350 and £47,000 respectively.)

These Regulations also, by regulations 5 and 6 and Schedule 2 and 3, require and prescribe fees to be paid for matters transacted under the Friendly Societies Act 1974 or the Friendly Societies Act 1992. These have been increased by an average of 3.3 per cent. The increases are confined to certain items in Schedule 2 and 3, and the following table shows the relevant amounts payable under the 2000 Regulations and under these Regulations.

Paragraph in Schedule 2 to the 2001 RegulationsFee under the 2000 RegulationsFee under the 2001 Regulations
££

1.  For the incorporation of a friendly society and the registration of the friendly society’s rules—

(a)where it relates to a new friendly society

940980
(b) where it relates to an existing society

2.  For the registration of a branch

205220

5.  Registration of an annual return

(b)in the case of an annual return or set of annual accounts for a year of account subsequent to one ended on or before 31st December 2000

(iv)where it relates to a society

140150

(v)where it relates to a branch

6570
(b) in the case of an annual return or a set of a

6.  The fees specified in this paragraph shall be payable where the society or branch concerned has by notice made an election under paragraph 5 of this Schedule:

(a)for the acknowledgement of registration of an amendment to rules (including approval of name in the case of an amendment effecting a change of name of a society or a branch)—

(i)if the amendment substitutes an entire set of rules for the existing set of rules (except as provided in paragraph 19 of this Schedule)—

(a)where made by a society

525560
(b) where made by a branch170185

(ii)if the amendment does not substitute an entire set of rules for the existing set of rules—

(a)where made by a society

260280
(b) where made by a branch7075
(e) for the acknowledgement of registration of an alteration of the memorandum of an incorporated friendly society285300

7.  For the registration of a special resolution—

(a)where the special resolution relates to an amalgamation or a transfer of engagements

400410

11.  For the registration of an instrument of dissolution

(a)of a society

450485
(b) of a branch330350

15.  Investigation with view to dissolution

9001,000

16.  Other documents signed by Registrar

4550

17.  For the approval of a form of model rules relating to a society registered as a working man’s club submitted by a sponsoring association or body

1,0001,080

24.  For the registration of a copy of an instrument of transfer of engagements

185190
Paragraph in Schedule 3 to the 2001 RegulationsFee under the 2000 RegulationsFee under the 2001 Regulations
££

1.  Inspection of file—

810

2.  Provision of a copy of 10 pages minimum rather than 5 pages

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