Magazine article Public Finance

Mental Welfare Quango Refuses to Leave Capital

Magazine article Public Finance

Mental Welfare Quango Refuses to Leave Capital

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Scotland's deputy finance minister, Tavish Scott, has defended the Executives civil service relocation policy following a setback that forced it to drop plans to move a quango from Edinburgh.

The Mental Welfare Commission was due to move from the Scottish capital to Falkirk under the Executive's relocation policy. However, senior officials in the commission, having taken legal advice, found that ministers had no power to force them to move and refused to do so.

Scott admitted that the decision was a setback to the Executives policy. But he added: Our policy of relocating public sector jobs out of Edinburgh is about bringing government closer to the people and aims to ensure every part of Scotland benefits from devolution. There is no doubt that relocation has already delivered real benefits.'

The plan to move the commission to Falkirk, a distance of under 30 miles, was announced in March by Deputy Health Minister Rhona Brankin. …

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