Consolidated Annual Report 2021

BARBADOS PUBLIC WORKERS’ CO-OPERATIVE CREDIT UNION LIMITED | CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL REPORT 2021 92 BARBADOS PUBLIC WORKERS’ CO-OPERATIVE CREDIT UNION LIMITED Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements For the year ended March 31, 2021 (Expressed in Barbados dollars) 66 25. Financial Risk Management, continued 25.2 Credit risk, continued COVID-19, continued IFRS 9 requires the consideration of past events, current conditions and reasonable and supportable forward-looking information over the life of the exposure to measure expected credit losses. Furthermore, to assess significant increase in credit risk, the Standard requires that entities assess changes in the risk of a default occurring over the expected life of a financial instrument when determining staging. The IASB and global regulators issued guidance for entities, consistent with IFRS 9, to consider the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes consideration of significant government support and the high degree of uncertainty around historical long-term economic trends used in determining reasonable and supportable forward-looking information. The Group’s models are calibrated to consider past performance and macroeconomic forward-looking variables as inputs. Expert credit judgement is applied to consider the exceptional circumstances this period, including consideration of government assistance programs, in the assessment of underlying credit deterioration and migration of balances to progressive stages. Consistent with requirements of IFRS 9, the Group considered both quantitative and qualitative information in the assessment of significant increase in risk. First time utilization of a payment deferral program was not considered an immediate trigger, in keeping with IASB and regulatory guidance, for an account to migrate to a progressive stage, given the purpose of these programs is to provide temporary cashflow relief to the Group’s customers. Early observations of payment behaviour related to loans where moratoriums expired during this year were considered in the assessment of the longer-term probability of the customers’ ability to pay, a key input in determining migration. All payment deferrals ended on March 31, 2021 and the organization remains committed to providing support to financially challenged members through the below options: • extension of loan terms • converting outstanding interest to a separate loan and / or • consolidation of debt Modifications The terms and conditions related to the payment deferrals were assessed to determine if they represented substantial modifications. Where required modification gains or losses have been recognized.