Ofcom today published its draft 2012/13 Annual Plan for consultation.
Ofcom's proposed priorities for 2012/13 are to:
Over the past year Ofcom has taken on new and revised duties and responsibilities. The most significant of these is its new role in regulating the UK's postal services which Ofcom took over from Postcomm on 1 October 2011, following the recommendations of the 2010 Hooper Report.
Ofcom taking over postal regulation resulted in a number of efficiencies in the organisation. This has led to a reduction of around 2% in the overall cost of regulation across all sectors.
Ofcom has also been given new responsibilities under the Digital Economy Act to address online copyright infringement and, in May 2011, Ofcom implemented the revised provisions of the European Framework for Electronic Communications.
Ofcom also carried out a comprehensive review of its financial requirements this year, as requested by the Government. Ofcom needs to deliver on all of its commitments (excluding postal services) within a 28.2% real term reduction target over four years. So far, Ofcom has achieved savings of 22.5% and has clear plans to achieve the full 28.2% reduction required over the four-year period.
Ofcom's draft Annual Plan 2012/13 can be found here.
Ofcom is holding public consultation events on its draft Annual Plan across the UK, click here for details. The consultation closes on 17 February 2012.
Ofcom will publish its Annual Plan at the start of the next financial year in April, along with details of its budget.