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BBA proposes tough banking code of conduct

BBA proposes tough banking code of conduct

Category: Banking

Updated: 16/01/2013
First Published: 16/01/2013

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The British Bankers' Association (BBA) has proposed radical changes to strengthen ethical and professional standards in the banking industry.

Under the plans, formulated by a taskforce that included a number of major UK banks, the BBA wants an independent body, the Banking Standards Review Council, to oversee the professional conduct by financial service institutions such as banks.

All employees would be required to adhere to a revised strict code of conduct, with the council potentially holding the power to strike off any members who flaunt the rules.

Anthony Browne, the BBA's chief executive, is due to appear before the Parliamentary Commission next Monday to discuss further details of the proposals.

"The BBA, and the industry as a whole, is determined to play a constructive role in raising standards," he said.

The plans follow a series of scandals to hit the banking sector such as the miss-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) and the alleged manipulation of inter-bank lending rates.

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