December 13, 2017
Better not to ask
Some parts of the third sector, such as community transport, operate in a highly complex and regulated market. The rules have worked well for community transport for over 30 years – ‘benign ambiguity’ is perhaps the best way to describe their interpretation by both government and transport operators alike. In other words, ‘don’t ask or you might get the answer you don’t want.’ This leaves the sector somewhat vulnerable to ill-informed civil servants asking those unwelcome questions and that’s exactly what has happened. The answer has gone all the way to PMQs at Westminster.