Scottish public sector too complex?


The governance structures of Scotland’s public sector bodies are too complex, risking confusion over decisions about spending cuts, Audit Scotland has warned.

Here’s an interesting article that I’ve stumbled across. It really only goes to confirm what we already suspected. I’ve found it confusing myself, moving from one authority to another, from one education service to another, even from one school to another… the set-up and governance differs, in some cases, radically. Of course, where appropropriate, I WOULD expect some differences as each public body (106 mentioned here) is dynamically different.

Although not directly related to education and LEAs (more so NHS and Scottish Water) colleges do get a mention and I find it frightening that they account for a third of public sector spending in Scotland (£17bn). Where does the accountability start and end? Does it end? I hope not!

Read the article here: http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2010/09/scottish-public-sector-structures-too-complex-say-auditors/

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