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Allow Credit Unions to do what they do best

Are Credit Unions being held back?  Click here to read CUDA CEO, Kevin Johnson's recent article in the Sunday Business Post.

 

CP88 - The Central Bank Consultation on Regulations for Credit Unions on commencement of the remaining sections of the 2012 Act

On the 27th November 2014, the Central Bank issued Consultation Paper CP88 and are now consulting on the draft regulations that it is proposing to introduce at the same time as the remaining sections of the 2012 Act are commenced.  The regulations the Central Bank is introducing contain requirements that will apply to all Credit Unions in the following areas: Reserves, Liquidity, Investments, Savings, Borrowing, Systems, Controls and Reporting Arrangements, and Services Exempt from Additional Services Requirements.

Should the regulations be introduced as proposed in the Consultation Paper, potentially the consequence could be hugely damaging for CUDA member Credit Unions and the credit union sector as a whole.  Amongst the proposals, the Central Bank is introducing a cap of member savings of €100,000.  Following sight of the Consultation Paper, CUDA delivered a letter to the Governor of the Central Bank in advance of the publication of CP88 requesting the removal of the proposed savings cap from the draft regulations.  CUDA highlighted serious concerns including reputational risk for the wider credit union movement, competition law issues, and a possible indirect State aid issue to the extent that the banking sector may gain an unfair State sponsored competitive advantage in attracting deposits in excess of €100,000 or otherwise benefit from the outflow of funds from the credit union sector.

CUDA will continue to act upon the inappropriate inclusion of a cap of savings in this manner, whilst not overlooking the other very serious issues contained in the Consultation Paper.  We will be taking whatever steps are necessary to ensure the evolution of Credit Unions as envisaged by the Commission on Credit Unions.

CP88 can be found by logging onto CUSP.  A CP88 Breakdown of Proposed Measures was prepared by CUDA and was also forwarded to CUDA Member Credit Unions.

Credit Union Stabilisation Scheme welcome but still flawed

Responding to the Minister for Finance's announcement today, 28th November 2014, on the Credit Union Stabilsation Scheme and the Restructuring Scheme, the Credit Union Development Association (CUDA) said that it welcomed the long overdue statutory based stabilsation scheme but was disappointed that the fund is not being built up by way of deposits from Credit Unions, which they would then own, rather it is a direct expense.  However, we are pleased that the Minister has considered CUDA's request, and extended the time, from six years to ten, under which the fund will amass and that the rate of the levy will be reviewed after 3 years.  This review will also present an opportunity to reconsider the fund as an asset of Credit Unions.

Speaking of the announcement, Kevin Johnson, CEO, Credit Union Development Association, said "While the establishment of the Stabilisation Scheme on a statutory basis is very welcomed, structuring the contributions as an expense seems penal on credit unions and their members, when we believe there is an alternative to build the fund through deposits from Credit Unions."

Credit Union Bill 2012 

The Credit Union Bill was enacted on 19th December 2012.  It is an excellent example of the various stakeholders within a sector working together towards a common objective that's clearly in the best interests of the end consumer; in this case, credit union members.

CUDA wishes to thank the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Brian Hayes TD, all members of the Oireachtas who demonstrated such strong support for the Credit Union sector in Ireland, and the officials from the Department of Finance who worked so diligently on ensuring this necessary legislation was passed before year-end.

The application of the legislation is primarily the responsibility of the Registrar of Credit Unions and we believe that it should be delivered in a manner that is reasonable, appropriate and transparent.  CUDA recognises the challenge in trying to achieve these worthy principles however, they are essential to preserving the strong bond that exists between credit unions and their members and ultimately to maintaining the uniqueness of the credit union model.

 

CUDA AGM & Conference 2015

The CUDA AGM & Conference 2015 will be held in the Johnstown House Hotel, in Enfield in Co Meath on Saturday 31st January 2015. For more information on the CUDA AGM & Conference please contact the CUDA office.

 

CUDA National Primary School’s Quiz 2015

The CUDA National Primary School’s Quiz will be held at the Tullamore Court Hotel on Saturday, 28th February 2015.  For information about the CUDA School Quiz 2014 Winners please click here.

Credit Union Advisor (CUA)

New Credit Union Advisor Qualification wins approval from Financial Regulator. This was a joint initiative by CUDA and the Credit Union Managers Association CUMA. Please find more information here.

The value based Credit Union model

The ethos and philosophy of a Credit Union is based on helping individuals to help themselves, their families and the wider community in which they live and work.  This cooperative based philosophy, set of values and principles that delivers the Credit Union value based economic and social model continues to stand the test of time.  Collectively we need to ensure that the supports for this model evolve to ensure that they continue to be capable of meeting the ever changing challenges we face.

CUDA have produced a strategic framework that will act as a roadmap to achieve this.  It addresses the key areas of prudential management, the crafting and redefinition of Credit Union business strategy, governance and operations, and finally calls for the introduction of enabling legislation and regulatory framework.

Download the document here.


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