Time to blow the whistle and bring the watchdog to heel


Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

As things stand, a progress report from the CSCI will always amount to a pat on the back for a job well done. Wouldn’t you if you could get away with it? This freedom to self-assess comes courtesy of the establishing legislation, where a want of specifics gives the Commission the latitude to conduct its business in its own sweet way. A remarkable laxity, considering the razor wire of targets and performance indicators which is used to contain similar impulses in almost every other area of public service. Ministers know no more than the regulator wants to tell them; worse still, they don’t seem disposed to enquire further, when a little digging would reveal that all is not quite as it should be. Although it would be dishonest to portray the CSCI as a failing organisation, regulatory practice is falling short in a number of important respects. If none is likely to produce the sort of shock waves that would prompt an official inquiry, collectively, they ought to induce feelings of disquiet. Here are a few of





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