Swinney: no to new finance watchdog More scrutiny needed, says ex-auditor. By Colin Donald
A recommendation from former auditor general Robert Black for an independent "Treasury-type" body to tackle wasteful spending and poor productivity in public services has been rejected by John Swinney, who said he had "no plans" to consider the proposal.
A recommendation from former auditor general Robert Black for an independent \"Treasury-type\" body to tackle wasteful spending and poor productivity in public services has been rejected by John Swinney, who said he had \"no plans\" to consider the proposal.
Former auditor general Robert Black wants to see a new 'Treasury-type' finance watchdog Photograph: Stewart Attwood
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Black, one of Scotland's most distinguished public servants, has proposed the establishment of a Scottish Commission for Resources and Performance, modelled on Australia's Productivity Commission. The body, staffed with experienced senior public servants, academics, and business people and answerable to the Scottish Parliament, would scrutinise the cost, effectiveness and quality of outcomes from new and existing legislation.
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