Chancellor George Osborne wants Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, Britain’s biggest publicly owned lender, to pay any fines for Libor manipulation from its bonus pool, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
Osborne wants the fines paid either from this year’s bonus pool or through clawing back bonuses from previous years, said the person, who asked not be identified as the chancellor has not publicly commented on the matter. Osborne has made it clear any fine should be paid for by the bankers, not taxpayers, the person said.
An RBS spokesman didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment. The BBC and Sky News reported the news earlier today.
The bank may pay 500 million pounds ($785 million) to 600 million pounds to U.S. and U.K. authorities to settle the Libor claims, the Financial Times reported today.