NPSO takes charge of UK cheque clearing systems
The UK’s New Payment System Operator (NPSO) has taken over the regulatory oversight for running and managing the cheque paper and cheque image clearing systems, starting 1 July 2018.
This coincided with the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company Limited (C&CCC) becoming a subsidiary of the NPSO.
Paul Horlock, chief executive, NPSO, says: “The Cheque and Credit Clearing Company has developed a tremendous amount of trust in payments through the robust and secure exchange of cheques and credits for over 30 years and is now revolutionising the way cheques are cleared through the ICS. This is our opportunity to create the future of retail payments in the UK, driving value for people and businesses and enabling a vibrant UK economy.”
All payments will continue to be processed as usual through the paper clearing system for cheques and through the recently launched Image Clearing System (ICS), which enables digital images of cheques to be exchanged between banks and building societies for clearing and settlement, significantly speeding up the process.
On the same date, NPSO also acquired the UK Payments Administration Limited (UKPA), the service company responsible for providing people, facilities and business services to the payment ecosystem.
The NPSO has now completed the consolidation of the UK’s retail payment systems having taken responsibility of Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs) and Faster Payments Scheme Limited (FPSL) on 1 May 2018.
Horlock continues: “UKPA plays a pivotal, behind-the-scenes role in helping to ensure the smooth running of the UK’s payment systems and we are delighted to welcome on board its personnel, who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience.”