New rules and regulations give IPSO increased powers and independence Four year budget also agreed through to 2020
An overwhelming majority of regulated publications have voted in favour of new rules and regulations, giving IPSO enhanced powers and greater independence. Key changes include:
IPSO now has the explicit power – in appropriate circumstances – to investigate in the absence of a complaint
IPSO now controls and writes its own complaints procedures
IPSO can now demand, as a sanction for serious Code breaches, quarterly statements from the publications giving details of all Code complaints over the period
The rules for launching and carrying out a standards investigation, possibly leading to a £1million fine, are now simpler
IPSO now issues its own financial sanctions guidance
Remuneration of Board and Complaints Committee members is now set by the IPSO appointments panel.
IPSO has also reached agreement with RFC on a four year budget which will see the organisation through to 2020. The deal provides financial certainty and the ability to plan with confidence through to the end of the first five years of operation.