Credit quality is at the heart of all debt financing and the interests of the UK Municipal Bonds Agency, local authorities and investors are all aligned towards ensuring that the UK Municipal Bonds Agency maintains a rigorous and smart credit process.
The UKMBA will undertake its own credit ratings of the borrowers and will exclude those whom it believes either do not have the necessary credit standing or whose business model, particularly level of commercial property investment and attendant debt, are deemed excessive.
There are two key principles that underpin the UK Municipal Bonds Agency’s credit process:
The UK Municipal Bonds Agency uses a proprietary credit methodology that is built upon those used by the major credit rating agencies, particularly that of Moody’s. The process is based on four key elements:
These elements are combined to calculate a credit score for each borrower. The score that is required for a local authority to be eligible to borrow through the UK Municipal Bonds Agency is set by the Board and periodically reviewed. In addition, there are a series of “red lines” that should they be crossed by a local authority, automatically mean that a local authority will not be able to borrow e.g. if the accounts of a local authority are qualified.
The credit scoring model generates an idiosyncratic credit score for each local authority. The score is then adjusted in light of the document review, cohort analysis and discussions with the council. The credit scoring model is shown below:
The final credit score is translated into a credit rating:
The Board of Directors periodically reviews the minimum credit rating at which the UK Municipal Bonds Agency will lend to local authorities. Typically, this 3-4 levels below that of the UK sovereign rating, which is Aa2 from Moody’s.
The UK Municipal Bonds Agency has a number of “red lines” in its credit policies that if breached, automatically means that an authority has not passed the credit process. The red lines include matters such as the qualification of the local authority’s accounts and a “Section 114 Notice” being unresolved.
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This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Not all of our images have suitable text alternatives and where there is alt text, it is not always suitable. This fails SC 1.1.1: Non-text Content and is something we will aim to improve on with all new content whilst correcting older content/images.
Currently the sites core theme has no landmarks, which makes it impossible to navigate in this manner and impossible to bypass menu info with a ‘skip to content’. This fails SC 2.4.1: Bypass Blocks. We will look at how to best implement the landmarks in the next significant round of developer updates.
Many of the links on the site have been poorly created in terms of how they might work with assistive technology. Terms such as ‘click here’ or similar have often been used. These fail SC 2.4.4: Link Purpose (In Context).
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This statement was prepared on 7 February 2023.
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“New Birmingham Library under construction” by Tony Hisgett
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