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Review of Public Administration must deliver power to the people

13 October, 2003


Former Belfast mayor, Cllr Alex Maskey has said that the success of the review of public administration will be in its‚ ability to deliver power to the people‚ to scrapping the huge layers of bureaucracy and unaccountable quangoism that have flourished as a result of previous direct rule administrations.

Cllr Maskey said:

"The review of public administration is huge in its scope. However if it is to deliver the results that are required it must fundamentally dovetail with the review of local government to ensure that services are provided at the time and in the right place and are accessible and that service provision goes hand in hand with real democratic accountability.

"The success of the review of public administration will be in its‚ ability to deliver power to the people to scrapping the huge layers of bureaucracy and unaccountable quangoism that have flourished as a result of previous direct rule administrations. It is about created new democratic relationships between decision-making, control and accountability in pour society.

"The Assembly and the institutions are only part of the wider process of democratisation that are crucially important if we are to reject the failed old ways of doing things in the past that was about maintaining prestige and power in the hands of a small elite who were not accountable and who created and maintained the patterns of discrimination and disadvantage that are still prevalent today -a statistic that shows that 37% of children are growing up in poverty should tell us that the elites who have dominated so much of our public administration and local government should hang their heads in shame at the very least and be called cubically to account." ENDS

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