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McCabe Starts Talks on Scots Service Reform

Magazine article Public Finance

McCabe Starts Talks on Scots Service Reform

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Finance Minister Tom McCabe has begun a series of talks which could lead to an complete overhaul of the way public services are delivered in Scotland.

The first of a round of consultations was held in Dundee this week, with the minister having private discussions with leading members of councils in the area and representatives of services users, businesses, health boards, community partnerships and other bodies.

The talks follow the recent publication oft he Scottish Executives consult at ion document Transforming public services, which sets out proposals for 'joined up' government involving councils, local enterprise companies and various quangos.

Labour is planning to include public service reform in its manifesto for the Scottish Parliament elections next year.

This could lead to the merger of council departments such as education, social work and environmental health across boundaries and a reduction in the number of top officials. …

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