Magazine article Public Finance

'No Need for Competence Power', Claims Bundred

Magazine article Public Finance

'No Need for Competence Power', Claims Bundred

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The chief executive of the Audit Commission has denied that local authorities need a power of general competence.

The power, which has been proposed by Conservative Party leader David Cameron among others, would allow councils to do anything that they judged to be appropriate for their area, with no financial or other qualifications.

But Steve Bundred, the outgoing head of the commission, told Pub//c Finance that councils already had the relevant powers.

'I think much is made of the need for a power of general competence, but I am not sure what it is that local authorities want to do that they haven't got the powers to do already,' he said.

in a wide-ranging interview with PF, Bundred highlighted existing innovative practice, such as the bank established by Essex County Council. …

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