Magazine article Public Finance

Regulators 'Must Promote Innovation'

Magazine article Public Finance

Regulators 'Must Promote Innovation'

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Public sector regulators should promote a culture of curiosity' among service providers, the Audit Commissions chair, Michael O'Higgins, told delegates.

Previewing the new Comprehensive Area Assessment regime's lighter touch approach, O'Higgins argued that a key role for regulators will be to encourage innovation among service providers.

'We need to provide more than just protection,' he said. 'Central government has to allow local government the freedom and flexibility to respond to local user preferences and to innovate. This must all be reflected in our assessments.'

Reducing the current number of sometimes ill-defined, performance indicators would be quite a challenge', he said. He welcomed moves in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill to do this and to give councils more freedom to set targets. …

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