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The Payment Services Regulations 2009

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70.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2), (3) and (4), the payer’s payment service provider must ensure that the amount of the payment transaction is credited to the payee’s payment service provider’s account by the end of the business day following the time of receipt of the payment order.

(2) Until 1st January 2012, the payer and their payment service provider may agree that the amount of the payment transaction is to be credited to the payee’s payment service provider’s account by the end of the third business day following the time of receipt of the payment order.

(3) Where a payment transaction is initiated by way of a paper payment order—

(a)the reference in paragraph (1) to the end of the business day following the time of receipt of the payment order is to be treated as a reference to the end of the second business day following the time of receipt of the payment order; and

(b)the reference in paragraph (2) to the end of the third business day following the time of receipt of the payment order is to be treated as a reference to the end of the fourth business day following the time of receipt of the payment order.

(4) Where a payment transaction—

(a)does not fall within paragraphs (a) to (c) of regulation 69(1); but

(b)is to be executed wholly within the EEA,

the payer’s payment service provider must ensure that the amount of the payment transaction is credited to the payee’s payment service provider’s account by the end of the fourth business day following the time of receipt of the payment order.

(5) The payee’s payment service provider must value date and credit the amount of the payment transaction to the payee’s payment account following its receipt of the funds.

(6) The payee’s payment service provider must transmit a payment order initiated by or through the payee to the payer’s payment service provider within the time limits agreed between the payee and its payment service provider, enabling settlement in respect of a direct debit to occur on the agreed due date.

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