The New Powers That Be

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Kirsten Lass meets the regulators to find out who they are and what they do.

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Kirsten talks to David Bell, who stands at the helm of Ofsted, the increasingly powerful body that regulates almost everything that takes care of our children, from state schools to childminders, and finds out why he decided to give school inspections a radical makeover.

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Kirsten Lass meets the regulators to find out who they are and what they do.

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Kirsten talks to David Norgrove, the Chair of the new Pensions Regulator.

At a time when headlines tell of another pensions crisis almost daily, he explains why he believes pensions are good and healthy.

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Kirsten Lass meets the regulators to find out who they are and what they do.

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Kirsten Lass checks out The Charity Commission, an institution that's 200 years old but few have heard of.

Making waves at its head is Geraldine Peacock, the charismatic chair determined to pull charities and the Commission firmly into the 21st century.

02The Children's Commissioner For Wales2004091920040922

In this new three part series Dinah Lammiman meets three of the regulators and finds out how much power they actually have.

2/3. Peter Clarke, the Children's Commissioner for Wales, calls himself the "funny old geezer with a funny job title". And to many teachers and pupils he keeps this slightly enigmatic identity, as the ones we met had never heard of him. Children in a mid Wales comprehensive describe frankly their expectations of the 'geezer' who has promised to put human rights for children on the map and then meet him for themselves. Margaret Hodge the Children's Minister has described him as 'an anorak' and the fall out from the Clwych Report which documented the suicide of a teacher accused of child abuse will be one of his first real tests.

03 LASTThe National Institute For Clinical Excellence.2004092620040929

NICE makes critical decisions on the drugs and treatment prescribed by the NHS. Dinah Lammiman meets the NICE guys, Sir Mike Rawlins, Chairman, and CEO Andrew Dillion.