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Update on consumer protection landscape reforms

In June 2011, the National Audit Office reported on the system for enforcing consumer law and the Government subsequently made a series of reforms to the consumer landscape. This update report summarises recent changes and sets out the proposed benefits to consumers, businesses and taxpayers as well as the possible risks to be managed.

Published:
24 Apr 2014
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The UK competition regime

The newly-created Competition and Markets Authority has made significant progress in improving how the UK’s competition regime works, and it is now more coherent than before. Business awareness of competition law, however, is low and while it has improved the robustness of its enforcement casework, the regime has so far not produced a substantial flow of enforcement decisions or fines.

Published:
5 Feb 2016
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The economic regulation of the water sector

Since privatisation, Ofwat and Defra have overseen major improvements in water quality and service quality. Customers have seen a marked rise in bills but not the benefits of companies’ unexpected financial gains.

Published:
14 Oct 2015
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Review of the UK’s Competition Landscape

“The UK competition arrangements are highly regarded around the world. There is, however, evidence that industry regulators have not generated the level of competition cases necessary to develop the body of case law and experience that is the hallmark of a modern competition regime, and that potential benefits for consumers are not being fully realised.”

Published:
22 Mar 2010