Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG), Chris Swinson, has
today issued for public consultation a proposed Programme for 2007,
seeking the views of interested parties on the main priorities which
should guide the Office’s work, and as a demonstration of
the C&AG’s commitment to open and transparent government.
the Consultation Paper the C&AG identifies the challenges that
public services in Island currently face, and
says that political, economic and social pressures will drive change.
well as focussing on value for money, organisational accountability
and importance of service performance, Mr Swinson says that there
needs to be broader understanding between both the general public
and public bodies, of what is expected in terms of services to the
public, and that change needs to be approached in an innovative
and joined up way, particularly in the light of a likely drop in
the Consultation Paper, Mr Swinson takes the opportunity to clearly
establish the role of his office, and lists the key principles that
will guide his work: Independence, Balance, Equality and Diversity,
Engagement, Openness, Consultation and ‘Sauce for the Gander’
- the last meaning that the Office will apply the same principles
to its own operation, as it expects of other public bodies.
date this year, reviews have been or are being undertaken of the
Jersey Child Care Trust, the Jersey Financial Services Commission,
Reporting of Sickness Absence Levels by the States and the 2006
Battle of Flowers.
five strategic objectives proposed by the C&AG, which have specific
activities allocated to them, and upon which he invites feedback,
To raise standards of financial management
and financial reporting within the States sector – including an audit of the States
financial statements and a review of financial management within
To challenge all public bodies to deliver
better value for money – including reviews of any major asset disposals by
the States and a review of the new arrangements introduced during
2006 for public access to information about the services provided
by the States.
To encourage continual improvement in public services so that they meet
the changing needs of diverse communities and provide fair access
for all – including a review of benefit
fraud management arrangements.
To promote high standards of governance
and accountability – including reviews of at least two States departments.
These will be intended to cover a department’s capability
and fitness in terms of setting policy and delivering performance.
To stimulate significant improvement
in the quality of data and the use of information by decision makers – including a review of performance
management practices within at least one department.
Comments on these proposals are welcomed by the Comptroller
& Auditor General and should be sent by 31 October 2006:
By Post to:
Comptroller & Auditor General
Morier House, Halkett
Place, St Helier, JE1 1DD
By e-mail to:
Anyone requiring a copy of the Consultation Paper is
asked to call T: 441015 OR call in at the States Bookshop