Deep dive two - Panel Plan integration, delivery and costs
Responsibilities of the Panel
The Panel’s primary functions are to:
Oversee code changes and make recommendations to Ofwat on any changes that may be required
Review and provide advice on market audit reports, market performance, market entry assurance and reassurance and disputes
Consider and input into the market operator’s budget and charges.
How the Panel adds value
The Panel provides independent governance of the market and supports market improvement. It keeps the market codes under review, making sure that they are operating effectively and that they evolve in a way that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the market, promotes competition, and benefits customers.
The Panel examined its strategic priorities in a series of workshops during 2019. In Autumn 2019, it outlined these priority areas in a Panel Plan. The Panel considered these priorities again in November 2020 as part of its consideration of MOSL’s business plan. The Panel’s priorities in relation to market outcomes remain delivery of:
Customer led benefits
Efficiency and effectiveness
Simplicity and accessibility
Good governance and working practice
To deliver against these priorities the Panel has identified a range of focus areas (see appendix below).
How MOSL helps to deliver these priorities
MOSL provides the resources the Panel needs to progress its priorities and is responsible for their delivery. We do this by delivering programmes of work and projects to analyse and assess options for improvement and by implementing those improvements. We provide expert resource (both in-house and through external service providers, where appropriate) and manage and co-ordinate Panel committees and sub-groups.
Costs of delivery is funded within MOSL’s overall budget. MOSL is responsible for managing its spend and activity to ensure the delivery of the Panel’s priorities, our core services and any other improvement work in support of our strategic priorities.
To ensure we deliver in an efficient and coordinated way – activity linked to the Panel’s priorities has been integrated within MOSL’s wider three-year business plan (see appendix below).
Costs of the Panel
As part of our wider programme of providing greater insight on its cost to serve and indirect costs of market participation and operation, we have analysed the cost of the Panel and the broader activities that it performs and influences.
Our costs for 2021/22 can be broken down into four categories:
Direct Panel and secretariat costs - £650k (Panel and committee, secretariat, support on disputes and market change assessment)
MOSL direct costs on activity directly or indirectly influenced by the Panel - £1,590k (People costs - input on change, performance and disputes, expert support on disputes and market change assessment). This excludes costs associated with the Bilateral Transactions Programme which we have drawn out separately in our business plan.
Indirect costs - £2,300 - £3,400k associated with the time and resource trading parties provide to support the Panel and committees, other group costs either as committee members, attendees or respondents to change consultations. Presented as a range based on high-level estimates for the average costs of relevant individuals.
MOSL market code change implementation - £500k cost of implementing approved market code changes in our central systems and legal review of activity associated with the assessment of proposed changes.
 Dependent on provision for long-running issues (such as credit, trade effluent or data protection – as seen in 2019 and 2020)  Dependent on volume of complex change and other Panel-driven work
Ensuring value for money from the Panel
We have realised £151k savings from remote working this year and plan to retain these going forward with 80 per cent of meetings being held remotely in 2021/22
The ongoing Market Governance Review, Market Code Simplification work and Market Assurance reviews are expected to provide recommendations on how we can adjust the way the Panel and its committees operate to drive value for the market. Improvements from these reviews will be rolled out across the next three years as outlined in our business plan
Going forward, we will be undertaking post-implementation and benefits realisation reviews on the major improvement programmes and changes that are considered by the Panel.
Appendix: How the Panel priorities are integrated with MOSL’s three-year business plan
Panel Focus Area:
Efficient market governance and an effective Panel which focuses on customer outcomes when assessing change Progress:
In 2019, we implemented new Panel voting rules to support efficient decision-making and added a voting customer representative to the Panel
In 2020, we implemented a new process to manage urgent change proposals. We also introduced a dedicated secretariat service and commissioned an independent review of Panel effectiveness. The independent review will make recommendations which we will progress in 2021/22.
Panel Focus Area:
Codes which are easily navigable and accessible to trading parties and easy for market entrants to understand Progress:
This focus area is being supported by the Market Codes Review
In 2020, we have surveyed trading parties on matters of code complexity and responses have been considered by the Panel’s Code Advisory Group (CAG)
We anticipate the current review will define architectural principles to guide the design of market codes going forward
The findings of the view will be progressed over the next three years.
Panel Focus Area:
Bilateral arrangements that are consistent and efficient and no longer a cause of friction. Progress:
This focus area is being supported by the programme to develop a common bilateral solution. The Panel appointed three seats on the Bilaterals Steering Group in September 2019
In 2020, this has included work to promote and improve the delivery and maintenance of high-quality customer premises and asset data, provision of timely and robust consumption data and COVID-19 remediation activity
Improvements to the Market Performance Framework (MPF) itself will be informed by the outcomes of the Strategic Metering Review.