This aim of this consultation paper is to consider how the third sector in Scotland could contribute towards the recommendations Reform Scotland has outlined in previous reports to improve public service delivery.
Reform Scotland\’s report \’Democratic Power\’ argues that quasi non-governmental organisations, which account for more than 40% of all public spending, should either have their functions brought back ‘in-house’ to government or be replaced by fully-autonomous, independent bodies.
In a report entitled Fiscal Powers, Reform Scotland concludes that effective government is best achieved where the responsibility and accountability for spending taxes is matched by the ability to set and raise them.
Reform Scotland believes that providing key infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, roads and railway, requires a new and more flexible approach as we have set out in our report published today, ‘Power to Build.’ The report sets out recommendations which would provide a more effective method of financing and managing infrastructure projects.
Reform Scotlands proposals in Power to Connect set out a vision of a co-ordinated, modern and highly efficient travel network which Scotland has lacked through a persistent piecemeal approach to transport.It also calls for further investigation into how a Scotland-wide road pricing scheme might be implemented.
Reform Scotland says learning lessons from other European countries and empowering patients by making the service more accountable to them as well as giving them greater control over the health care they receive are the keys to a more effective health care system in Scotland.
This annual report sets out the achievements of Reform Scotland over the past year.
This report, ‘Parent Power’, examines how the principles of greater choice and competition might be applied to the Scottish education system to raise overall standards and extend educational opportunity.
Reform Scotland calls for the Scotland to be given powers to raise all the money it spends and have its own ‘Chancellor of the Exchequer’, to make the Scottish Parliament more financially accountable. The report also calls for the Barnett Formula to be scrapped and a ‘re-balancing of the Constitution’.
Reform Scotland says greater accountability and transparency in the police, prosecution service and courts are vital if we are to see a sustained reduction in the level of crime
‘Local Power’ calls for radical reform of local government in Scotland designed to bring power closer to people which in turn will help to deliver better public services in tune with the needs and priorities of local people.
While there are many aspects of public services in Scotland of which we can be proud, ‘Power for the Public’ shows that with the right approach we have the potential to do so much better.