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A building society is a financial institution owned by its members as a mutual organization. Building societies offer banking and related financial services, especially mortgage lending. These institutions are found in the United Kingdom (UK) and several other countries.

The term "building society" first arose in the 18th century in Great Britain from cooperative savings groups. In the UK today, building societies actively compete with banks for most consumer banking services, especially mortgage lending and deposits.

Every building society in the UK is a member of the Building Societies Association. At the start of 2008, there were 59 building societies in the UK, with total assets exceeding £360 billion.[1] The number of societies in the UK fell by four during 2008 due to a series of mergers brought about, to a large extent, by the consequences of the financial crisis of 2007-2010. With three further mergers in each of 2009 and 2010, and a demutualisation and a merger in 2011, the current number of building societies is at 47.

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History

The origins of the building society as an institution lie in late-18th century Birmingham – a town which was undergoing rapid economic and physical expansion driven by a multiplicity of small metalworking firms, whose many highly skilled and prosperous owners readily invested in property.[2] Many of the early building societies were based in taverns or coffeehouses, which had become the focus for a network of clubs and societies for co-operation and the exchange of ideas among Birmingham's highly active citizenry as part of the movement known as the Midlands Enlightenment.[3] The first building society to be established was Ketley's Building Society, founded by Richard Ketley, the landlord of the Golden Cross inn, in 1775.[4] Members of Ketley's society paid a monthly subscription to a central pool of funds which was used to finance the building of houses for members, which in turn acted as collateral to attract further funding to the society, enabling further construction.[5] By 1781 three more societies had been established in Birmingham, with a fourth in the nearby town of Dudley; and 19 more formed in Birmingham between 1782 and 1795.[6] The first outside the English Midlands was established in Leeds in 1785.[7]

Most of the original societies were fully terminating, where they would be dissolved when all members had a house: the last of them, First Salisbury, was wound up in March 1980.[8] In the 1830s and 1840s a new development took place with the Permanent Building Society, where the society continued on a rolling basis, continually taking in new members as earlier ones completed purchases, such as Leek United Building Society. The main legislative framework for the Building Society was the Building Society Act of 1874, with subsequent amending legislation in 1894, 1939 (see Coney Hall), and 1960.

In their heyday, there were hundreds of building societies: just about every town in the country had a building society named after that town. Over succeeding decades the number of societies has decreased, as various societies merged to form larger ones, often renaming in the process, and other societies opted for demutualisation followed by - in the great majority of cases - eventual takeover by a listed bank. Most of the existing larger building societies are the end result of the mergers of many smaller societies.

1980s and 1990s

In the 1980s, British banking laws were changed to allow building societies to offer banking services equivalent to normal banks. The management of a number of societies still felt that they were unable to compete with the banks, and a new Building Societies Act was passed in 1986 in response to their concerns. This permitted societies to 'demutualise'. If more than 75% of members voted in favour, the building society would then become a limited company like any other. Members' mutual rights were exchanged for shares in this new company. A number of the larger societies made such proposals to their members and all were accepted. Some became independent companies quoted on the London Stock Exchange, others were acquired by larger financial groups.

The process began with the demutualisation of the Abbey National building society in 1989. Then, from 1995 to late-1999, eight societies demutualised accounting for two thirds of building societies assets as at 1994. Five of these societies became joint stock banks (Plc), one merged with another and the other four were taken over by Plc’s (in two cases after the mutual had previously converted to a Plc).

Demutualisation moves succeeded immediately because neither Conservative nor Labour party UK Governments created a framework which put obstacles in the way of demutualisation. Political acquiescence in demutualisation was clearest in the case of the position on 'carpet baggers', that is those who joined societies by lodging minimum amounts of £100 or so in the hope of profiting from a distribution of surplus after demutualisation. The deregulating 1986 Building Societies Act contained an anti-carpet bagger provision in the form of a two year rule. This prescribed a qualifying period of two years before savers could participate in a residual claim. But, before the 1989 Abbey National Building Society demutualisation, the Courts found against the two year rule after legal action brought by Abbey National itself in order to circumvent the intent of the legislators. After this the legislation did prevent a cash distribution to members of less than two years standing, but the same result was obtained by permitting the issue of 'free' shares in the acquiring Plc, saleable for cash. The Thatcher Conservative government declined to introduce amending legislation to make good the defect in the 'two year rule'.

Building societies, like mutual life insurers, arose as people clubbed together to address a common need interest; in the case of the building societies, this was housing and members were originally both savers and borrowers. But it very quickly became clear that 'outsider' savers were needed whose motive was profit through interest on deposits. Thus permanent building societies quickly became mortgage banks and in such institutions there always existed a conflict of interest between borrowers and savers. It was the task of the movement to reconcile that conflict of interest so as to enable savers to conclude that their interests and those of borrowers were to some extent complementary rather than conflictive. Conflict of interest between savers and borrowers was never fully reconciled in the building societies but upon deregulation that reconciliation became something of a lost cause.

Once the opportunity to claim was presented by management the savers in particular could be relied upon to seize it. There were sufficient hard up borrowers to take the inducement offered them by management (in spite of few simple sums sufficing to demonstrate that they were probably going to end up effectively paying back the inducement).

Managements promoting demutualization also thereby met managerial objectives because the end of mutuality brought joint stock company (Plc) style remuneration committee pay standards and share options. Share options for management of converting societies appear to be a powerful factor in management calculation. Rasmusen (1988) refers to this in the following terms: " ... perks do not rise in proportion to [mutual] bank size. If a mutual is large, or is expected to grow if it can raise capital by a conversion, its managers derive more value from a conversion but do not suffer much loss of perks than if the bank were small. Their benefit is in the right to purchase the new stock, which are valuable because the new issues are consistently underpriced [referring to USA mutual bank conversions]. Moreover, by no means are all mutual managers incompetent, and conversions allows the bank to expand more easily and to grant executive stock options that are valuable to skilled managers".

The management of building societies apparently could expend considerable of what is actually the organization's time and resources planning their effective capture of as much of the assets as they could. If so, this is arguably insider dealing on a grand scale with the benefit of inside specialist knowledge of the business and resources of the firm not shared with outsiders like politicians and members (and, perhaps, regulators).

Instead of deploying their margin advantage as a defence of mutuality, from 1980 building societies, in behaving like profit maximising banks, set mortgage rates with reference to market clearing levels. Thus, according to the Bank of England's Boxall and Gallagher (1997), "... there was virtually no difference between banks and building society 'listed' interest rates for home finance mortgage lending between 1984 and 1997. This behaviour resulted in a return on assets for building societies which was at least as high as Plc banks and, in the absence of distribution, led to rapid accumulation of reserves". As Boxall and Gallagher (1997) also observe; "... accumulation of reserves in the early-1990's, beyond regulatory and future growth requirements, is difficult to reconcile with conventional theories of mutual behaviour".

Llewellyn (1996) draws a rather more direct and cynical conclusion; "By adopting a policy of building up reserves by maintaining an excess margin, building societies simultaneously allowed banks to compete and may have undermined the long run viability of mutuality. A more cynical approach is that some societies may have adopted an excess-margin strategy simply to enhance their value for conversion".

Some of these managements ended up in dispute with their own members. Of the first major conversion of the Abbey in 1989, Kay (1991) observed; " ... the paradox of the Abbey members who campaigned against flotation [conversion to a Plc bank] of their building society. They were fighting to preserve a degree of accountability to the membership which the management of the Society patently did not feel. For incumbent management, the contrary views of some of their members were not matters to be weighed in the balance and taken account of in formulation of policy. They were a nuisance to be dealt with by the costly use of public relations advisers and legal processes".

In the end, after a number of large demutualisations, and pressure from carpetbaggers moving from one building society to another to cream off the windfalls, most of the remaining societies modified their rules of membership in the late 1990s. The method usually adopted were membership rules to ensure that anyone newly joining a society would, for the first few years, be unable to get any profit out of a demutualisation. With the chance of a quick profit removed, the wave of demutualisations came to an end in 2000.

One academic study (Heffernan, 2003) found that demutualised societies' pricing behaviour on deposits and mortgages was more favourable to shareholders than to customers, with the remaining mutual building societies offering consistently better rates.[9]

2000s and 2010s

The Butterfill Act was passed in 2007 giving building societies greater powers to merge with other companies. These powers have been used by the Britannia in 2009 and Kent Reliance in 2011 leading to their demutualisation.

Prior to 31 December 2010, deposits with building societies of up to £50,000 per individual, per institution, were normally protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), but Nationwide and Yorkshire Building Societies negotiated a temporary change to the terms of the FSCS to protect members of the societies they acquired in late 2008/early 2009. The amended terms allowed former members of multiple societies which merge into one to maintain multiple entitlements to FSCS protection until 30 September 2009 (later extended to 30 December 2010), so (for example) a member with £50,000 in each of Nationwide, Cheshire and Derbyshire at the time of the respective mergers would retain £150,000 of FSCS protection for their funds in the merged Nationwide.[10] On 31 December 2010 the general FSCS limit for retail deposits was increased to £85,000 for banks and building societies and the transitional arrangements in respect of building society mergers came to an end.

List of building societies

United Kingdom

Current

The remaining building societies are:

(Total group assets of building societies) Source: Building Societies Association[1] updated for subsequent mergers and the administration of Dunfermline Building Society

Name Group Assets - latest
published figure as
at 1 February 2011[11]
Notes Provides Current Account
1 Nationwide Building Society £191,397m Uses the former Dunfermline, Cheshire and Derbyshire building societies as trading names. Yes
2 Yorkshire Building Society £40,383m Uses the former Barnsley, Chelsea and Norwich & Peterborough (N & P) building societies as trading names. Yes- Under the N & P brand
3 Coventry Building Society* £21,139m Uses the former Stroud & Swindon Building Society as a trading name. Yes
4 Skipton Building Society £15,800m Merged with Scarborough Building Society in March 2009[12] and Chesham Building Society in June 2010.[13] No
5 Leeds Building Society £9,545m Yes
6 West Bromwich Building Society £8,336m No
7 Principality Building Society £6,219m No
8 Newcastle Building Society £4,620m No
9 Nottingham Building Society £2,600m No
10 Progressive Building Society* £1,664m No
11 Cumberland Building Society £1,574m Yes
12 National Counties Building Society £1,246m No
13 Manchester Building Society £937m No
14 Cambridge Building Society £904m No
15 Furness Building Society £843m No
16 Saffron Building Society £836m No
17 Leek United Building Society £735m No
18 Monmouthshire Building Society £692m No
19 Newbury Building Society £675m No
20 Hinckley & Rugby Building Society £644m No
21 Darlington Building Society £583m No
22 Ipswich Building Society* £462m No
23 Market Harborough Building Society £417m No
24 Melton Mowbray Building Society* £410m No
25 Marsden Building Society £356m No
26 Tipton & Coseley Building Society* £350m No
27 Hanley Economic Building Society £335m No
28 Scottish Building Society £327m No
29 Dudley Building Society £313m No
30 Loughborough Building Society* £274m No
31 Mansfield Building Society* £274m No
32 Teachers Building Society £257m No
33 Bath Investment & Building Society £252m No
34 Vernon Building Society £246m No
35 Harpenden Building Society* £198m No
36 Swansea Building Society £182m No
37 Stafford Railway Building Society* £175m No
38 Chorley & District Building Society* £172m No
39 Beverley Building Society* £165m No
40 Buckinghamshire Building Society* £158m No
41 Holmesdale Building Society* £152m No
42 Earl Shilton Building Society* £99m No
43 Ecology Building Society* £94m No
44 Shepshed Building Society £93m No
45 Penrith Building Society* £89m No
46 City of Derry Building Society* £38m No
47 Century Building Society* £24m No

* These societies do not form part of a corporate business group, although they may own other businesses.

Demutualised

Ten building societies of the United Kingdom demutualised between 1989 and 2000, either becoming a bank or being acquired by a larger bank.[14][15] By 2008, every building society that floated on the stock market in the wave of demutualisations of the 1980s and 1990s had either been sold to a conventional bank, or been nationalised.[15]

Name Fate Successor Year Current position
Abbey National Converted to plc 1989 The new Bank, also known as "Abbey", was acquired by Banco Santander & now rebranded to simply Santander.
Cheltenham and Gloucester was taken over by Lloyds Bank plc 1994 Now part of Lloyds TSB although C&G still have a branch network.
National & Provincial Building Society was taken over by Abbey National plc 1995 Business merged into Abbey National (now Santander), name no longer used.
Alliance & Leicester Converted to plc 1997 Acquired by Banco Santander, which also owns Abbey, in October 2008, and merged into Santander in 2010.
Bristol and West was taken over by the Bank of Ireland 1997 Became a division of Bank of Ireland but its savings balances and branch network transferred to the Britannia Building Society in 2005 (which in turn merged with Co-operative Financial Services in 2009). Bristol & West mortgages ceased trading on 10 January 2009.[16]
Halifax Converted to plc 1997 Became part of HBOS in 2001, which itself became part of Lloyds Banking Group in 2009. Trading name still in use.
Northern Rock Converted to plc 1997 Nationalised in February 2008 following near bankruptcy due to the Subprime mortgage crisis.
The Woolwich Converted to plc 1997 Now part of Barclays plc. Woolwich brand name now only used for mortgages from Barclays with the Woolwich branch network merging with that of Barclays in 2007.
Birmingham Midshires was taken over by Halifax plc 1999 Now owned by Lloyds Banking Group. The brand name is still retained, but running entirely by post and internet.
Bradford & Bingley Converted to plc 2000 Nationalisation with sale of savings book to Abbey (now Santander).

No longer exist

The following is an incomplete list of building societies in the United Kingdom that no longer exist, since they either merged with or were taken over by other building societies or mutuals.[17]

Name Fate Successor Year
Abbey Road Building Society and
National Building Society
merged to form the Abbey National Building Society in 1944
Bingley Permanent Building Society and
Bradford Equitable Building Society
merged to form the Bradford & Bingley Building Society in 1964
Co-operative Permanent Building Society changed its name to Nationwide Building Society in 1970
Leicester Permanent Building Society and
Leicester Temperance Building Society
merged to form the Leicester Building Society in 1974
Bedfordshire Building Society and
Temperance Permanent
merged to form Gateway Building Society in 1974[18][19]
Leek & Westbourne Building Society and
Oldbury Britannia Building Society
merged to form Britannia Building Society in 1975
Huddersfield & Bradford Building Society and
West Yorkshire Building Society
merged to form Yorkshire Building Society in 1982
Coventry Economic Building Society and
Coventry Provident Building Society
merged to form the Coventry Building Society in 1983
Burnley Building Society and
Provincial Building Society
merged to form the National & Provincial Building Society in 1984
Alliance Building Society and
Leicester Building Society
merged to form the Alliance & Leicester Building Society in 1985
Waltham Abbey Building Society (1847) merged with the Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society in 1985
Birmingham & Bridgwater Building Society and
Midshires Building Society
merged to form the Birmingham Midshires Building Society in 1986
Norwich Building Society and
Peterborough Building Society
merged to form the Norwich & Peterborough Building Society in 1986
Anglia Building Society and
Nationwide Building Society
merged to form
which changed name to the
Nationwide Anglia Building Society
Nationwide Building Society
in 1987
in 1991
Gateway Building Society and
Woolwich Equitable Building Society
merged to form the Woolwich Building Society in 1988
Wessex Building Society and
Portman Building Society
merged to form the Portman Wessex Building Society in 1989
Regency & West of England Building Society and
Portman Wessex Building Society
merged to form Portman Building Society in 1990
Hendon Building Society was taken over by Bradford & Bingley Building Society in 1991
Haywards Heath Building Society merged with the Yorkshire Building Society in 1992
Cheshunt Building Society merged with the Bristol and West Building Society in 1992
Heart of England Building Society merged with the Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society in 1993
St. Pancras Building Society merged with the Portman Building Society in 1993
Leeds Permanent Building Society merged with the Halifax Building Society in 1995
City & Metropolitan Building Society merged with the Stroud & Swindon Building Society in 1996
Nottingham Imperial Building Society merged with the Newcastle Building Society in 2000
Gainsborough Building Society merged with the Yorkshire Building Society in 2001
Ilkeston Permanent Building Society merged with the Derbyshire Building Society in 2001
Clay Cross Building Society merged with the Derbyshire Building Society in 2003
Staffordshire Building Society merged with the Portman Building Society in 2003
Lambeth Building Society merged with the Portman Building Society in 2006
Mercantile Building Society merged with the Leeds Building Society in 2006
Universal Building Society merged with the Newcastle Building Society in 2006
Portman Building Society merged with the Nationwide Building Society in 2007
Cheshire Building Society merged with the Nationwide Building Society in 2008
Derbyshire Building Society merged with the Nationwide Building Society in 2008
Barnsley Building Society merged with the Yorkshire Building Society in 2008
Catholic Building Society merged with the Chelsea Building Society in 2008
Scarborough Building Society merged with the Skipton Building Society in 2009
Dunfermline Building Society went into administration and most
assets and liabilities transferred to
Nationwide Building Society in 2009
Britannia Building Society acquired by The Co-operative Bank in 2009 [20]
Chelsea Building Society merged with the Yorkshire Building Society in 2010
Chesham Building Society merged with the Skipton Building Society in 2010
Kent Reliance Building Society acquired by OneSavings Plc to form OneSavings Bank in 2011
Norwich and Peterborough Building Society merged with the Yorkshire Building Society in 2011

Australia

In Australia, building societies evolved along British lines. Because of strict regulations on banks, building societies flourished until the deregulation of the Australian financial industry in the 1980s. Eventually many of the smaller building societies disappeared, while some of the largest (such as St. George) officially attained the status of banks.

A particular difference between Australian building societies and those elsewhere, is that Australian building societies are required to incorporate as limited companies.

Current building societies are

Ireland

The Republic of Ireland had around 40 building societies at the mid-20th century peak.[21] Many of these were very small and, as the Irish commercial banks began to originate residential mortgages, the small building societies ceased to be competitive. Most merged or dissolved or, in the case of First Active plc, converted into conventional banks. The last remaining building societies, EBS Building Society and Irish Nationwide Building Society, demutualised and were transferred or acquired into Bank subsidiaries in 2011 following the effects of the 2008–2011 Irish financial crisis.

Name Demutualised Successor
Irish Industrial Benefit Building Society (1873–1969)

Irish Industrial Building Society (1969–1975)
Irish Nationwide Building Society (1975-Feb 2011)

acquired Irish Mutual Building Society, 1989
formerly Allied Irish Building Society(-1976)
acquired Garda Building Society, 1983
acquired Metropolitan Building Society, 1991
February 2011 deposit book Irish Life & Permanent plc / permanent tsb (Feb 2011-Jun 2011)

loan book Anglo Irish Bank (Feb 2011-Jun 2011)
Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (Jul 2011-)

Educational Building Society (-1991)
acquired The Family Building Society, 1975

EBS Building Society (1991–2011)

acquired Midland and Western Building Society, 1994
acquired Norwich Irish Building Society, 1998
July 2011 EBS Ltd, subsidiary of Allied Irish Banks
Irish Temperance Permanent Building Society (-1888)

Irish Permanent Benefit Building Society (1888–1940)
Irish Permanent Building Society (1940–1994)

acquired Provident Building Society, 1974
acquired Cork Mutual Building Society, 1975
acquired Munster & Leinster Building Society, 1978
acquired Guinness & Mahon, 1994
1994 Irish Permanent plc (1994–1999)

Irish Life & Permanent plc (1999-)
merged with TSB Bank, 2001
Irish Life & Permanent plc / permanent tsb

Irish Civil Services and General Building Society (1864–1867)

Irish Civil Service and General (Permanent Benefit) Building Society (1867–1874)
Irish Civil Service (Permanent) Building Society (1874–1969)

acquired City and County Permanent Benefit Building Society, 1932

Irish Civil Service Building Society (1969–1984)

acquired O’Connell Benefit Building Society, 1983
1984 subsidiary of Bank of Ireland
renamed ICS Building Society (1986)
Workingman’s Benefit Building Society (-1960)

First National Building Society (1960–1998)

acquired Grafton Savings and Building Society, 1974
acquired The Guinness Permanent Building Society, 1984
acquired Ireland Benefit Building Society, 1984
acquired Postal Service Permanent Building Society, 1985
acquired Irish Life Building Society, 1993
1998 First Active plc (1998–2004)

acquired by RBS 2004 and merged into Ulster Bank 2009

Society closures

  • Ballygall Building Society, 1977
  • City and Provincial Building Society, 1978
  • Dublin Model Building Society, 1984
  • Dublin Savings Building Society, 1977
  • Four Provinces Building Society, 1978
  • Independent Building Society, 1977
  • Irish Savings Building Society, 1984
  • National Provincial Building Society, 1977
  • Progressive Building Society, 1977
  • West of Ireland Building Society, 1977

Jamaica

In Jamaica, four building societies compete with commercial banks and credits unions for most consumer financial services.

New Zealand

In New Zealand, a number of building societies were established. Some, including Countrywide Building Society and United Building Society, became banks in the 1980s and 1990s. Remaining building societies include

  • Nelson Building Society
  • Southland Building Society, which moved in October 2008 to become a registered bank known as SBS Bank. However,it remained a building society and so retained its mutual structure.

Other countries

In other countries there are mutual organisations similar to building societies:

  • Austria: In Austria there are four co-operative banks: Allgemeine Bausparkasse (ABV), Raiffeisen-Bausparkasse, Bausparkasse Wüstenrot AG and Bausparkasse der Sparkassen (savings bank).
  • Finland: In Finland the Mortgage Society of Finland, a permanent building society, was founded in 1860. Since 2002 mortgage loans are handled by Suomen AsuntoHypoPankki, the licensed bank owned by the society.
  • Germany: In Germany there are 11 Bausparkassen der Sparkassen (savings bank) named Landesbausparkassen (LBS) and 15 Bausparkassen of the private banks, for example Schwäbisch Hall, Wüstenrot, Deutsche Bank Bauspar AG and so on.

Operational differences from banks

Roll numbers

Because most building societies were not direct members of the UK clearing system, it was common for them to use a roll number to identify accounts rather than to allocate a six-digit sort-code and eight-digit account number to the BACS standards.

More recently, building societies have tended to obtain sort-code and account number allocations within the clearing system, and hence the use of roll numbers has diminished. When using BACS, one needs to enter roll numbers for the reference field and the building society's generic sort code and account number would be entered in the standard BACS fields.[22]

See also

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References

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  4. ^ Rex, Simon (2010-04-20). "The History of Building Societies". Building Societies Association. http://www.bsa.org.uk/consumer/factsheets/100009.htm. Retrieved 2010-09-06. ; Ashworth, Herbert (1980). The Building Society Story. London: Franey & Co.. p. 2. ISBN 0900382384. 
  5. ^ Peterson, Christopher L. (July 2003). "Truth, Understanding, and High-Cost Consumer Credit: The Historical Context of the Truth in Lending Act". Florida Law Review (55): 839–840. http://www.relieffrompaydayloans.com/learn_more/from_law_review/truth_understanding.php. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  6. ^ Clark, Peter (2002), British Clubs and Societies 1580-1800: The Origins of an Associational World, Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 129, ISBN 0199248435, http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=h18rP1hrNLQC&pg=PA129, retrieved 2010-11-20 
  7. ^ Cleary, E. J. (1965). The Building Society Movement. London: Elek Books. pp. 11–12. OCLC 11817434. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=pajPAAAAMAAJ. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  8. ^ Rex, Simon. "The History of Building Societies". Building Societies Association. http://www.bsa.org.uk/consumer/factsheets/100009.htm. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  9. ^ Shelagh Heffernan. "The Effect of UK Building Society Conversion on Pricing Behaviour (March 2003)" (PDF). Faculty of Finance, CASS Business School, City of London. http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/facfin/papers/WP2003/Mutuals-WP.pdf. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  10. ^ http://www.moneymadeclear.fsa.gov.uk/news/product/bs_merger_compensation.html
  11. ^ Building Societies ranked by asset size Building Societies Association. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  12. ^ Merger of Skipton Building Society and Scarborough Building Society . Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  13. ^ Chesham Building Society AGM 31 March 2010 Chesham BS website Accessed, 1 April 2010
  14. ^ Building Society Takeovers and Flotations Building Societies Association website . Retrieved 5 April 2007.
  15. ^ a b Pollock, Ian (2008-09-29). "Not such a good idea after all?". bbc.co.uk (BBC News). http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7641925.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  16. ^ After 158 years, the end is nigh for Bristol & West, the Guardian, 10. January 2009
  17. ^ Building Society Mergers and Conversions since 1980 Building Societies Association website . Retrieved 5 April 2007.
  18. ^ retrieved 2008-07-12.
  19. ^ The Temperance Permanent was so-called because the directors were required to sign the pledge, a requirement which was dropped with the merger and name-change — to the reported dismay of some members. [The Times, Friday, Apr 25, 1975; pg. 4; Issue 59379; col E, 'Temperance abandoned by building society'. Retrieved from InfoTrac on July 17, 2008].
  20. ^ Britannia and Co-operative Financial Services unveil plans for super-mutual (Retrieved 22 January 2009)
  21. ^ http://www.ibf.ie/Libraries/Guides_Forms/bsnames_1.sflb.ashx
  22. ^ Roll Number at Experian

Further reading

  • Llewellyn, D. and Holmes, M. (1991) "In Defence of Mutuality: A Redress to an Emerging Conventional Wisdom", Annals of Public and Co-operative Economics, Vol.62(3): pp. 319–354 (p. 327).
  • Rasmusen, E. (1988) "Mutual banks and stock banks", Journal of Law and Economics, October, Vol.31: pp. 395–421 (p. 412).
  • Kay, J. (1991) "The Economics of Mutuality", Annals of Public and Co-operative Economics, Vol.62(3): pp. 309–317 (p. 317).
  • Boxall, A. and Gallagher, N. (1997) "Mutuality at the Cross Roads", Financial Stability Review, Issue 3: pp. 105–117 (p. 112).
  • Llewellyn, D. (1996) "Some Reflections on the Mutuality v. Conversion Debate", Journal of Co-operative Studies, September, Vol.29(2): pp. 57–71 (p. 61).

External links

With hindsight they raised more money than they would have done had they stayed as building societies and with the credit crunch that now looks like a mistake,' said Adrian Coles. But John Wriglesworth argues that losing their independence because of this was certainly not inevitable ...

—Analysis after the last of the UK's demutualised building societies lost its independence, Ian Pollock, Ibid.


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  • building society — building so.ciety n BrE a type of bank that you pay money into in order to save it and earn interest and that will lend you money to buy a house or apartment American Equivalent: savings and loan association …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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