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Scotland's Quangos 'Must Be Scrapped'

Magazine article Public Finance

Scotland's Quangos 'Must Be Scrapped'

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Almost all of Scotland's quangos should be abolished, a leading think-tank suggested this week.

Reform Scotland said the quasi non-governmental organisations, which account for more than 40% of all Scottish public spending, should have their functions brought back 'in-house' to government or be replaced by autonomous public bodies.

In a report, Democratic power, the think-tank stated: 'Too much political power In Scotland is currently exercised by quangos which operate in a " no-man' s-Jand" where they are neither fully democratically accountable nor fully independent of government.'

The February 9 report added: 'This creates a lack of openness and accountability which is not conducive to good governance.'

Under Reform Scotland's radical proposals, bodies such as the development agency Scottish Enterprise and the tourism quango VisitScotland would disappear.

Other quangos such as National Museums Scotland would become fully independent organisations, free to negotiate their own financial settlements with the Scottish Government. …

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