Saturday 25 November 2006
Mark Bramah and myself meet representatives of the Audit Commission who are about to embark on a major study into trading and charging in local government.
We have some concerns about their understanding of the subject and some of their definitions of trading and charging are clearly flawed. We also have concerns that they will gain a flawed perception of what is happening on the ground as they intend to survey the corporate centre of authorities rather than the people who actually undertake many of the commercial operations within local authorities.
We put our observations to them and they seem to welcome our views and following a lengthy discussion we agree to get more involved with the study and some actions that we can collectively undertake by involving our membership.