Far from reducing lending, today’s recommendations will support lending and promote growth.
A weak banking system does not expand lending. The better capitalised banks are the ones expanding lending, and it is the weaker capitalised banks that are contracting lending.
The meeting of these recommendations does not require additional public funds. Banks can meet the recommendations in other ways such as through restructuring.
The shortfall of capital, which the FPC has identified today, is not an immediate threat to the banking system and the problem is perfectly manageable.
The Bank of England has crunched its numbers and worked out the banking sector needs to fill a £25m 'black hole' in its reserve funds.
The Bank of England's new regulator has just revealed how much danger our banks are still in, and it is not pretty.
The UK's big banks mess is very well documented. The FPC report will help show just how far they are from getting a clean bill of health.