Following on from the launch of our email publication on developing a competitiveness continuum the Audit Commission have contacted us and asked APSE to get involved in their study on competition and contestability.
The study is looking at how these issues are being used at present to generate service improvement or not as the case may be. It should be interesting and hopefully along with the other key stakeholder groups we get the chance to bring influence to the research based on our knowledge and lengthy experience in this field over many years. We will be pushing a policy position that it is competitiveness that is important and this is best demonstrated by a range of tests rather than one off competition processes at a given moment in time, there is nothing continuous about this. We will also make it clear that the best way of ensuring transparency of approach is by building elected member challenge into the system.
As always with an important piece of research such as this you hope that there are no prejudged findings prior to the evidence being examined.