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Freedom of Information - yet another broken promise!

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bellnose_smOn the day when Chief Minister Allan Bell gave his 'Agenda for Change' statement to October Tynwald he also reneged on his promise for Freedom of Information legislation by the end of this current parliamentary year.

He started by saying "I promised Tynwald, and the people of the Isle of Man, that I would lead an open and collaborative government" and later "We will..... improve transparency by routinely making more information available in anticipation of the introduction of Freedom of Information legislation".

However, hidden in a written answer about changing priorities in the Government's legislative programme, FOI is not listed as a priority because "policy issues continue to be worked through" It won't appear in 2012-13 despite promises that it would.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 07:54

Knives are out in Government?

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management-cartoonIn these straitened times the government ask us to believe that they have savagely cut central departmental admin staff to the bare bones. They say they haven't simply targetted front line staff such as teachers and nurses - those who aren't in the corridors of power to argue their case to CEO's and ministers.

Of course it would be easier to believe this and trust our Government if they were brave enough to open up themselves to scrutiny through the passing of a Freedom of Information (FoI) Act. As ever, the encouraging noises on FoI from MHK candidates has reduced to a murmur post election. 

Given this FoI free government zone, it is hard to detect what is really happening. We are only able to read between the lines of the odd report such as that below, where they can clearly afford giving up the single most important departments' Chief executive for six months at the drop of a hat. Can we really believe that they need such a vast army to support the reduced level of services they now offer when we read this news?

Key government official seconded to Isle of Sark

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:53

PAG Public Meeting 24/09/12 | Scope of Government - "Living Within Our Means" | Edgar Quine

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Scope of Government - "Living Within Our Means" with Edgar Quine OBE, QPM, CPM

Presentation at the Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas on Monday 24th September 2012


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Download this file (PAG_SCOPE OF GOVERNMENT-living within our means.pdf)PAG Event: Living within our Means by Edgar Quine Sept 2012129 Kb1267
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:08

If only......

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consultWith three major "government consultations" currently in progress - covering the Scope and Structure of Government, Taxation Strategy 2012-2016, and Social Care Policy - the public have an opportunity to comment on some very significant matters of political and personal interest.

More significantly, our government - facing a dramatic decline in its revenues as a result of the VAT raid, and which has so far hidden its impact upon the public purse by a dependence on robbing the reserves - now faces the difficulties of "coming clean" as to the full impact.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 16:26

Oh how naïve........

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Membership_BenefitsOh how naïve and gullible....

I remember it well..... Mr Bell stood up at his election address in Ramsey less than a year ago, and stated that "the credit crunch of 2008 changes everything, and the public sector must change too, its culture, its working practices, its productivity etc etc". It sounded good at the time, because he was correct - early action within government was essential to address the major loss of revenue resulting from the renegotiated VAT Agreement, if services to the public were to be protected.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 16:25

PAG submission for the 2012 Social Care Policy Consultation

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See also     PAG event presentation     Government Consultation page

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Download this file (PAGSubSocialPolicy2012.pdf)PAG Social Policy submission September 2012163 Kb1038
Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 09:59

PAG Public Meeting 10/09/12 | Social Policy - presentation

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Presentation document from Hon. Chris Robertshaw MHK, Minister for Social Care.

Presented at the Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas on Monday, 10th September 2012

Consultation link          Consultation document          Government online survey          Consultation Questionnaire

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Download this file (20120905 Social Policy Debate Presentation.pdf)Social Policy Presentation by Chris Robertshaw MHK, 10th September 2012204 Kb1542
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 15:58

PAG submission for the Criminal Justice, Police Powers and Other Amendments Bill 2012 Consultation

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Download this file (CrimJustBill2012FIN300712.pdf)PAG Criminal Justice submission 2012202 Kb846
Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 09:57

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