Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Civil Service Relocation Policy Is Flawed, Argue MSPs

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Civil Service Relocation Policy Is Flawed, Argue MSPs

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The Scottish Executive has been forced to defend its controversial civil service relocation policy following a critical report by an influential committee of MSPs saying the scheme is 'flawed and inconsistent'.

In a report following an investigation into the dispersal of jobs, the Scottish Parliament audit committee said there were weaknesses in the Executive's decision-making process.

The committee found that arguments put forward by ministers did not justify the relocation of the environment agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, from Edinburgh to Inverness, a transfer likely to cost about £30m. The MSPs said this relocation did not provide value for money.

Committee convener Brian Monteith said: 'The methodology used by the Executive to determine the destinations for relocating organisations has proved a blunt instrument that has failed to deliver a true dispersal of jobs throughout Scotland.

'Many relocation reviews have dragged on for an unacceptable length of time, causing distress and uncertainty for the employees and making it difficult for organisations to plan ahead. …

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