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Review of the Scope and Structure of Government in the Isle of Man 27 September 2006

AN independent think-tank has proposed restructuring and streamlining of Government in the Isle of Man with a view to achieving better value for taxpayers’ money and increased openness and accountability.

The Scope and Structure of Government review team, chaired by former Clerk of Tynwald Robert Quayle, concludes that the range of direct services provided by Government has grown too wide and diverse.

In the interests of public information and debate, the Council of Ministers has agreed that the review report should be published but is stressing that any decisions on its recommendations will be a matter for the next Government.

Chief Minister Donald Gelling MLC explained:

‘This is a major report setting out a wide range of recommendations for change in the way the Island is governed. It would be wrong to accept or reject its proposals without a full public debate, which I hope will take place as part of the General Election campaign.’

The report (published today, Wednesday, September 27, 2006) makes a total of 48 recommendations including looking at alternative means of delivering services to the public, reorganisation and renaming of Departments, greater transparency and accountability, and more ‘joined-up Government’ with stronger central functions.

In particular, it recommends the creation of a new Department of Corporate Development as the driver for the changes and pursuit of value for money which are at the heart of the report.

The Ministerial system should be retained, says the report, but there should be greater emphasis on national government and less on local issues, with politicians leading the development of policy rather than managing implementation. It recommends further consideration be given to reform of local government to create local authorities of sufficient size to take over more services from central government.

The Report can be found on the Government website at www.gov.im/cso/review.

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