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Review of Public Administration must deliver real accountability

28 April, 2004


Sinn Fein South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey speaking after meeting British NIO Minister Ian Pearson to discuss the Review of Public Administration has said that the review must deliver real accountability, responsiveness to local need and flexibility, quality services and value for money.

Mr Maskey said:

"The Review of Public Administration will undoubtedly lead to massive changes in the way government operates.

"It must end the culture of quangoism and deliver real accountability through local elected representatives and community participation in making decisions that affect all of us.

"The review must deliver real accountability, responsiveness to local need and flexibility, quality services and value for money.

"We need to stream line local government while at the same time having a balance that ensures that changes to do create unwieldy super-councils that are not representative of the communities they serve.

"While we are happy to see services currently run by quangos coming under the democratic control of elected councils, we would only agree to the expansion of council powers if we were certain that there was no chance of them being abused. This is a major issue given the continued abuse of majority power in some unionist controlled councils. Local Assembly control and very tight equality legislation are essential prerequisites for any changes in council powers." ENDS

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