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Review of Public Administration must deliver fair and accountable government

28 June, 2004

Sinn Fein Spokesperson on the Review of Public Administration, South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey speaking ahead of a major conference on the RPA in the Stormont Hotel in Belfast tomorrow, Tuesday 29th June, has said that the review must deliver fair and accountable government.

Mr Maskey said:

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

"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 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.

"When we look at local government it is also vital that we develop a model that rejects the type of exclusion we see in Lisburn Council. If people are to be given a real stake in decision-making then their representatives at whatever level must not be excluded by the failed politics of the past. Above all the review of public administration must deliver fair and accountable government." ENDS

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