Date: 6th November 2008
UNISON Scotland response to John Swinney's statement on improving
scrutiny of public services
UNISON Scotland today responded to the statement by Cabinet
Secretary John Swinney on improving scrutiny of Scotland's public
Scottish Organiser Dave Watson said: "UNISON Scotland supports
the Scottish Government's aim of improving scrutiny by reducing
duplication and unnecessary burdens on front line services. However,
merging bodies to meet government targets is on its own largely
cosmetic and could simply lead to slower decision making in larger
multi disciplinary organisations. Scrutiny improvement requires
new ways of working and this statement is short on detail."
UNISON supports the government in
- streamlining decision making and increasing transparency;
- stopping activity that no longer contributes to the public
- applying much tougher tests to the creation of new bodies.
Dave said: "UNISON in particular welcomes moves towards
scrutiny bodies working more closely together with local government.
Focusing on robust self-assessment in conjunction with proportionate
and intelligence led approach to inspections based of risk assessment
will be key to making improvements. However, more detail is needed
on where responsibilities lie. In particular over early year's
provision. We should also be wary in the commercial environment
of drifting into light touch regulation. Recent experiences in
the banking sector has brought this message home to us all."
For further information contact: Dave Watson, Regional
Manager Mob 07958 122409