Provisions

A provision is recognised in the statement of financial position if, as a result of a past event, the Group has a present legal or constructive obligation that can be estimated reliably, and it is probable that an outflow of economic benefits will be required to settle the obligation.

If the effect is material, provisions are determined by discounting the expected future cash flows at a pre-tax rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value of money and, where appropriate, the risks specific to the liability.

A restructuring provision is recognised when certain criteria are met. Such criteria include the existence of a detailed formal plan that identifies at least the business or part of the business concerned, the
principal location(s) affected, the approximate number of employees
whose employment contracts will be terminated, the estimated costs and the timing of when the plan will be implemented. Furthermore, the Company must have raised a valid expectation with those affected that it will carry out the restructuring, by starting to implement that plan or announcing its main features to those affected by it. Future operating costs are not provided for.

A provision for onerous contracts is recognised when the expected benefits to be derived by the Company from a contract are lower than the unavoidable cost of meeting its obligations under the contract. The provision is measured at the present value of the lower of the expected cost of terminating the contract and the expected net cost of continuing with the contract.
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