Saturday, 15 January 2011
Public Consultations. Are They Meaningless?
Andrew Mitchell, the development secretary, has authorised the setting up of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) which he hopes will address concerns that some overseas aid is being mis-spent. It will base its inquiries on public demand, asking voters which aspects of the £11 billion aid budget should be investigated.
It's hoped the commission will quell public doubts about the value of the aid budget, which is increasing even as other public spending falls sharply.
Overall aid spending will rise from £7.8 billion this year to £11.5 billion under a coalition pledge to provide real increases in development funding.
Andrew Mitchell said: "This marks a major step forward for the interests of the British taxpayer. The Commission will shine a light on where aid works and where improvements are needed.
"Independent scrutiny and transparent analysis will help to ensure that value for money, results and accountability define everything we do".
Very generous of Mr Mitchell to allow us to have a say isn't it. Why do I feel this is another useless PR exercise and this committee has no intention of listening to you or me?
If you do wish to voice your opinion you can do so here. I'm sure Mr Graham Ward, CBE and Chief Commissioner will be delighted to hear from you. There's no rush though. The consultation period is from 14 January for 12 weeks. Sam Bowman is on my wave length.