Magazine article Public Finance

Salmond Wants 25% of Scots Quangos to Go

Magazine article Public Finance

Salmond Wants 25% of Scots Quangos to Go

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A quarter of Scotland's quangos are to be axed under plans announced by First Minister Alex Salmond.

He told the Scottish National Party conference at Aviemore that 50 non-governmental bodies and agencies would be abolished in an effort to eliminate overlap and duplication.

Salmond said that Scotland had developed a public sector landscape of 200 national bodies created by legislation.

He added: 'Many of these are fine organisations, composed of fine folk working for the public good. But we don't need 200 and we don't need overlap, duplication and people falling over each other.

'We are now a democratic society with a national Parliament charged with the role of public scrutiny.'

A former Labour first minister, Henry McLeish, promised a 'bonfire of quangos' in 2001 but achieved only limited success. …

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