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Swinney Pledges Swift Fall in Inspection Levels

Magazine article Public Finance

Swinney Pledges Swift Fall in Inspection Levels

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Scottish ministers will intervene if the level of council inspections is not reduced quickly enough.

Finance Secretary John Swinney told CIPFA Scotland's annual conference in Dundee on March 19 that ministers needed to curb excessive scrutiny.

He stressed that inspection arrangements and the size and scale of the public sector must be appropriate for the challenges that lie ahead.

Swinney added: ? am determined to make sure you see a meaningful improvement in the scrutiny process so that it becomes less burdensome. If I don't see the progress being sufficiently swift, I will have to encourage an intensification of that process.'

The minister was responding to remarks made earlier by David Dorward, chief executive of Dundee City Council, which is piloting Best Value 2, Audit Scotland's new system of measuring performance. Dorward told the conference that the council had put Audit Scotland's inspection team in an office that had just been vacated by child protection inspectors. …

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