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Create single support fund for business, ministers urged

MINISTERS should scrap their "complex and confusing" business funding schemes and quangos and replace them with a UK-wide co-investment fund, two trade bodies have claimed.

Call for probe after quangos pay ex-staff as consultants

A PROBE has been demanded into public bodies handing millions of pounds of taxpayers' cash to consultancy firms run by former employees as part of a "revolving-door culture."

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Health quangos threat

THE SCOTTISH Government confirmed that there will be some implications for Scotland of the UK Department of Health's announcement that it wanted to cut the number of health quangos in half to save £180 million.

Quango spends £500,000 of taxpayers' cash on new image

A SCOTTISH Government agency created to get youngsters off the dole was last night criticised for spending more than £500,000 of taxpayers' money on a branding exercise at a time when Scotland is struggling with youth unemployment.

Scottish Futures Trust has spent £1.4m 'but not laid a brick'

A QUANGO launched to help fund major building projects in Scotland has spent £1.4 million without a brick being laid.

Numbers paid more than £150,000 to be revealed by public bodies

PUBLIC bodies will have to reveal how many staff earn salaries over £150,000 under wide-ranging reforms backed by MSPs yesterday.

Tory leader pledges reforms in wake of 'lobbygate'

A SHAKE-UP of government quangos heads a package of reforms promised by Conservative leader David Cameron to clean-up Westminster following the "lobbygate" scandal.

Purcell quango gave £4,000 to Labour Party

A PUBLICLY-OWNED construction quango set up by former Glasgow council leader Steven Purcell has donated a total of £4,000 to Labour, Scotland on Sunday has learned.

Quango doled out millions of taxpayers' cash without proper checks

A PUBLIC agency was determined to push through the controversial Cairngorm funicular project at any cost and without properly regarding the risk to the public purse, according to MSPs.

Fury over Transport Scotland's £1m PR bill

THE government agency which oversees transport policy in Scotland spent more than £1 million on public relations work in the last financial year, The Scotsman can reveal.

Staff asked to 'falsify and forge' documents

SENIOR management at a quango responsible for providing services and equipment at Scotland's health boards ordered staff to falsify, forge and create documents ahead of an external audit, an employment tribunal has heard.

Transport quango granted a year to sort itself out after expenses scandal

A SCANDAL-hit transport quango has been given a stay of execution of just over a year, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.

Quango staff on £100,000 'giant jolly'

SCOTTISH Enterprise, the government-funded quango, has come under attack over plans to spend more than £100,000 on bringing hundreds of staff together for an event criticised as a "giant jolly".

Local promotion better prospect for tourism

THE national tourist agency VisitScotland is an executive non-departmental public body founded in April 2005 to take up the work done previously by local tourist boards.

Virtually all 115 Scots quangos 'should be scrapped'

THE proposed "bonfire of the quangos" should become an inferno, with virtually all of Scotland's public bodies scrapped in an attempt to drive transparent and accountable government, an economic think-tank has said.

Call to give museums body greater freedom

THE National Museums of Scotland was created in 1985 by the merging of the Royal Scottish Museum and the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland.

Full list of major Scottish quangos

WHO they were and what they spent.

NHS quango is forced to drop plan to spend £300,000 on PR firm

A HEALTH quango has abandoned plans to spend up to £300,000 of taxpayers' money on public relations experts following pressure from the health secretary Nicola Sturgeon.

MSP slams futures trust 'cover-up'

SCOTTISH ministers have refused to publish the minutes of meetings held by a controversial quango, leading to accusations of a cover-up.

Quango's PR bid backfires as Labour demands investigation

A HEALTH quango, due to spend up to £300,000 on public relations advice to raise its profile in parliament, faces more pressure after Labour's health spokeswoman demanded Audit Scotland launch an investigation.

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