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Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC
23 June 2020

Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc

23 June 2020



The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc ‐ Changes to the Alternative Remedies Package


The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc ("RBS") welcomes today's announcement from Banking Competition Remedies Limited(1) ("BCR") in relation to changes to the Incentivised Switching Scheme ("ISS"), which forms part of the Alternative Remedies Package(2).  


As a result of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, fewer customers have been switching under ISS and these changes are being announced by BCR to preserve the momentum and aims of the ISS. Bringing forward these changes now, which might otherwise have been implemented at a later date, provides RBS with greater certainty.


 RBS has entered into an amendment to the 25 April 2018 Framework and State Aid Deed (the "Deed") with HM Treasury and BCR, which agreed the following in relation to the duration of the ISS and the scope of customers eligible for the ISS:


· 200,000 additional Royal Bank of Scotland plc and National Westminster Bank plc Business Banking customers with turnover of up to £1m will have the opportunity to participate from 25 August 2020; and

· the duration of the period under the ISS for customers to apply to switch their account will be extended from 25 August 2020  until the end of February 2021 and customers will have until the end of June 2021 to complete the switch.(3)


These amendments to the ISS do not change the total number of customers targeted to switch under the scheme. As a result, there is no material change anticipated to the current financial outlook for RBS. The existing requirement on RBS to make a potential further contribution to the ISS, should customer switching be insufficient under the Deed, remains capped at £50m.



(1) BCR Ltd is an independent body established to facilitate and oversee the delivery of the Framework and State Aid Deed.

(2) The Alternative Remedies Package was announced on 18 September 2017 and entry into the Deed (as defined above) was announced on  2 May 2018

(3) It remains the case that the ISS will terminate at the point the £225m fund for business current account switching has been distributed by BCR, which may be earlier than the dates above.


For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations

Alexander Holcroft

Head of Investor Relations

+44 (0) 207 672 1758


RBS Media Relations

+44 (0) 131 523 4205



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