Who we work with

Find out more about the UK agencies, government departments, Designated Professional Bodies and other regulators we cooperate with.

The UK’s approach to financial regulation involves several different organisations, each with their own responsibilities and objectives. These include:

Other bodies we work with

MoneyHelper provides free, impartial financial information and education.

The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) is sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions and works to ensure that people across the UK can access high-quality money and pensions guidance and debt advice.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills is responsible for company law and insolvency matters and for most investigations and prosecutions under the Companies Acts.

The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for public policy on pensions.

The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) is a subsidiary of the FCA and the independent economic regulator for the payment systems industry in the UK.

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) regulates occupational pension schemes.

The Serious Fraud Office investigates serious and complex fraud, and prosecutes fraudsters.

The Financial Ombudsman Service is the independent body which settles complaints about financial services firms. Read our joint formal agreement with the regulatory family for closer working on financial issues, the Wider Implications Framework.

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is the independent body that handles claims for compensation from consumers when regulated firms fail.

The National Crime Agency is a UK national law enforcement agency with responsibility for intelligence and the operational response to serious and organised crime.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is the regulator responsible for enforcing the Equality Act 2010. 

The UK Competition Network is an alliance of UK sector regulators that have a duty to promote competition in the interests of consumers.

The UK Regulators’ Network is an initiative among UK regulators, including the FCA, to enhance collaboration on issues of shared relevance.

Designated Professional Bodies (DPBs)

A DPB is an organisation that regulates and supervises members of exempt professional firms.

Under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, an exempt professional firm doesn’t need to be directly authorised by the FCA if its financial services activities are complementary to its main professional services.

Page updates

19/07/2022: Information added Designated Professional Bodies added to page and page title changed
25/01/2022: Link added Wider Implications Framework
10/08/2021: Information changed Money Advice Service to MoneyHelper

29/08/2019: Link changed Updated link to Financial Ombudsman Service website