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Appendix B

Response to recommendations made in 2009 Report on Regulation of Party and Election Finance

Figure 2, below, provides further detail on how the Commission has responded to the recommendations made in our last report on Party and Election Finance in 2009[11]
Figure 2
Response to recommendations in 2009 Report
RecommendationCommission Response
The Commission does not yet have a fully risk-based strategy for enforcement and compliance as best regulatory practice suggests. The Commission recognises the lack of such a strategy and is in the process of developing one. Completed. The Commission has put in place a risk-based strategy for enforcement and compliance in line with best regulatory practice.
The Commission does not yet have a comprehensive and transparent enforcement and sanctions policy. Work is well underway on indicative draft policies and guidance to coincide with Parliament's consideration of the Political Parties and Elections Bill. The Commission should develop and promulgate their guidance, based on a risk based strategy, through all available means. Completed. The Commission has put in place a comprehensive and transparent enforcement and sanctions policy.
The Commission does not have a performance measurement framework with performance measures linked to outcomes as recommended in the Hampton report as best practice for regulators. We have provided separate guidance to the Commission on developing performance measures and once the risk based strategy recommended above is in place, it would be timely to develop performance measures. Completed. The Commission has put in place performance measures.
The Commission is actively working towards compliance with the principles of effective regulation. The Commission needs to demonstrate its compliance with these principles in order to make effective use of a more flexible sanctions regime. Completed. The Commission has demonstrated compliance with the principles of effective regulation, and is making use of a more flexible sanctions regime.
Source: National Audit Office analysis




11   The Speaker's Committee First Report 2009 HC385, 2 April 2009, Appendix: Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General Electoral Commission: compliance with regulations on funding political parties.  Back


 
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