Magazine article Public Finance

Round-Up

Magazine article Public Finance

Round-Up

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* The Scottish National Party has called for an inquiry after electoral registers for the Glenrothes by-election were lost by the courts. The registers must be kept for a year, as they are the only record of who voted in the November 2008 election in which Labour's Lindsay Roy fended off an SNP challenge by more than 6,000 votes. A spokesman for the Scottish Court Service said the incident was being investigated and described it as 'deeply regrettable'. But Tricia Marwick, the SNP MSP for Central Fife, called for an independent inquiry, adding: 'It is almost beyond belief that a by-election that attracted media coverage throughout the UK, which delivered such a surprise result and had a much higher turnout than anticipated, now has no records to show who actually voted.'

* Impact assessments of government legislation are still failing to give full information on costs and benefits, the National Audit Office has found. In a report published on January 30, the NAO said many impact assessments did not pay sufficient attention to compliance and enforcement issues. Auditor general Tim Burr said: The quality of published assessments of the impact of proposed regulations has improved. But the standard varies widely'

* Whitehall managers should use a new self -assessment tool to pinpoint deficiencies in their asset management practices, the Office of Government Commerce has urged. The OGC said that the Property Management Capability Assessment Model, known as Pamcam, would help government departments find ?1.5bn in efficiency savings by 2013. OGC chief executive Nigel Smith said: 'Pamcam offers managers a great opportunity to assess their current practices in an easy way, and paints a clear picture of where improvements can be made.'

*All of Scotland's closed prisons were over capacity between October and December, according to figures produced by the Liberal Democrats. …

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