Magazine article Public Finance

Audit Scotland Safe from Quango Cull

Magazine article Public Finance

Audit Scotland Safe from Quango Cull

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Scotland's public spending watchdog is to be exempted from a list of bodies that could be abolished by ministers under sweeping powers to reform the public sector.

Finance Secretary John Swinney told the Scottish Parliament's finance committee on January 26 that Audit Scotland would no longer be included in the lengthy list of public bodies that could be abolished, have their powers changed or be transferred to another organisation by an order signed by ministers.

Critics of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill claimed it would put at risk the independence and effectiveness of public bodies such as Audit Scotland.

However, Swinney told the MSPs that he was bringing forward a series of amendments designed 'to enhance both the Statutory and procedural safeguards' affecting die order-making powers. …

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