Magazine article Public Finance

Devolving Responsibility 'Will Take Blame off Ministers'

Magazine article Public Finance

Devolving Responsibility 'Will Take Blame off Ministers'

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The government must decentralise power in a 'real and visible' way if it wants to end the 'blame the minister' culture in Britain.

A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research and PricewaterhouseCoopers has found that when things go wrong with public services, the public holds the government in Westminster accountable.

However, it said that ministers should not be 'put off the idea of decentralising power if they want local accountability to become more prevalent.

The report, Who's accountable? The challenge of giving power away in a centralised political culture, published on October 22, was based on a survey of more than 2,500 members of the public. It suggested that when real power is transferred to highly visible and accountable bodies, such as the Scottish Government and the Mayor of London, the public do understand who is responsible. …

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