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REFORM QUANGOS SAYS RODNEY BROOKE

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A major reform of quangos is needed to restore confidence in public service providers, Rodney Brooke, secretary of ...
A major reform of quangos is needed to restore confidence in public service providers, Rodney Brooke, secretary of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, writes in The Times (p22).

Quangos are elbowing local government out of service delivery in housing, education, training, the health service and inner city regeneration, says Mr Brooke. But they should not be self-servicing and should uphold public service values.

Reforms should include publicly accessible lists of all appointed bodies and their members; public meetings with agendas and background papers available; the same standards of independent audit as councils; being open to scrutiny by an ombudsman; national code of conduct for members; complaints procedures; open recruitment and advertising for membership.
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