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A message to the people of the IOM from the Chief Minister

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Entitled "Driving change to achieve a sustainable future" Allan Bell lists the priorities of the government and the actions it intends to take.

Please read the detail in the attachment.

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Consultancy Culture at DED

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In Tynwald (November 2011) MHK Kate Beecroft asked about external advisors used by the Department of Economic Development. In his answer Minister Shimmin differentiated between paid and unpaid bodies and revealed the cost. 

Which external trade associations, professional bodies, registered charities and consultants are actively engaged with the Department to advise on strategy and service delivery plans; and what the external advisers cost, broken down into (a) expenses and (b) labour charges?

 

Consultancy Culture Exposed

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The extent of government's use of consultants was exposed in a multi page written answer (No 13) to a question from Speaker Rodan in January's Tynwald.

Almost £12 million expenditure was declared in employing over 80 of them, many from off-Island.

One startling fact is that the Chief secretary's Office and DED together spends £450,000 per annum on PR consultants, Lanson Communications.

However this may not be the complete overall picture, as the definition of consultant may well have been narrowly interpreted.

For example it was revealed only a month ago that Tri-X Childcare Limited (a UK company), is contracted until the end of March,by the Department of Social Care, on behalf of the Safeguarding Children Board, at a cost of £112.000. Yet there is no mention of this at all in the answer.

Chief Minister Allan Bell in the earlier Q& A session had spoken at length about the need to change the culture within government.

A good starting point may well be to reduce the dependency on consultants, after all government already employs about  2150 civil servants.

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Find out about the workings of Tynwald Court

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The workings of  the IOM parliament, its Committees, Members and Officers are explained in a little publicised 131 page booklet called The Tynwald Companion 2011.

It is a good reference source of information for 'Tynwald watchers' and for any one wanting to find out about the many and various aspects of Tynwald Court.

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2012 - the year IOM Government lights our tapers?

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Let's trust that 2012 is the year IOM politicians finally keep their promise to provide meaningful Freedom of Information legislation!

"He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation."

Thomas Jefferson

 


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