The OFT’s powers under competition and consumer law not only allow us to tackle anti-competitive behaviour by companies but also to address public restrictions on competition. They also place a responsibility on us to provide information and advice to government on competition and consumer issues.
Public markets work is one of the OFT's five key cross-cutting priorities identified in the 2012/13 Annual Plan.
The delivery of public services is changing. Consumers are being offered more choice, and private and voluntary organisations are being encouraged to participate, bringing new, innovative ways of delivering services to users.
Through its public markets work, the OFT aims to work constructively with other government departments and public bodies to help them frame and deliver services that work well for citizens and taxpayers. It also provides wider advice on the many ways that government affects markets as a provider or procurer of services; through tax and subsidies; and through regulation.
Our work addresses how competition works across the public sector as a whole, but we will also look at individual public markets.
The work is organised around four main themes; click on the links below to find out more.