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Leeds Building Society secures IRB permission from regulator

Leeds Building Society has secured an Internal Ratings Based (IRB) permission from the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

By granting this permission, the PRA has confirmed the Society is able to assess its own capital requirements for credit risk through use of internal models.

This ability empowers better business decisions as the Society can measure risk more accurately, as well as further enhancing its capital resilience.

It also gives independent assurance to rating agencies and other external organisations that the Society measures, manages and controls risk effectively.

An IRB permission is a significant achievement and, to date, has been granted to only a handful of building societies and large banks with a number of other building societies and challenger banks continuing to pursue a permission with the PRA .

“Our customers and mortgage brokers already have seen benefits from IRB - working towards securing permission has helped the Society make more accurate decisions and cut the time it takes to process applications.,” said Andrew Greenwood, Leeds Building Society’s Chief Risk Officer.

“Securing an IRB permission is a significant achievement following a great deal of work over a number of years.

“The permission recognises the quality of our risk management systems and rewards our robust approach to managing and understanding risk.

“It shows the Society has the correct tools in place for us to make the right lending decisions. This  underpins our future growth by supporting continued innovation to develop new mortgage products and meet customer need in segments which are not well served by the wider market.

“IRB will help support the sustainable growth of the Society so we can continue to focus on what matters to our members and help even more people to save and have the home they want.”


Notes to Editors

Leeds Building Society was named Best Building Society Savings Provider in the Moneyfacts Awards for 2018, having also won this title in 2017 and 2016.

Leeds Building Society won the title of Best Shared Ownership Mortgage Lender in the 2017 What Mortgage Awards, its second consecutive year of success in this category.

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and has assets of £18.5bn at 31st December 2017 (£15.9bn at 31st December 2016). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.