\”Think tank says quangos should go\” – Edinburgh Evening News

ALMOST all of Scotland\’s 115 quangos should be abolished, a think tank said today.
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\r\nReform Scotland claimed arrangements for holding the arms-length government bodies to account was "as clear as mud".
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\r\nIt called for them either to be brought back under direct government control or set up as genuinely independent bodies.
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\r\nGeoff Mawdsley, director of Reform Scotland, said scrapping quangos would increase transparency and accountability. "It would make it much easier for people to determine where power was being exercised," he said.
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\r\nAnd he claimed that would lead to financial savings too.
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\r\nHe said quangos like Scottish Enterprise, Visit Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency could be brought back "in house" but some others, such as the National Museums of Scotland, should become independent, free to negotiate financial settlements with government.
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\r\nThe think tank said there had been a reduction in the number of quangos since devolution, but staff numbers had increased from 9,900 in 1999 to 14,900 in 2008.
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\r\nAlison Payne, one of the authors of today\’s report, said: "New quangos have been created every year since devolution."