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Tynwald passes Scope of Government and Agenda for Change

Two major reports on the future way in which we are governed have passed through Tynwald after a long debate.

The Council of Ministers response to the Scope of Government report sets out principles and recommendations to reduce the size and complexity of central government making it smaller, simpler and less bureaucratic

One area singled out for reform is the system of local government in the Isle of Man.

CoMin says they should fund all their activities through the rates - for example waste disposal.

Although the Scope report was passed, there was some opposition to some aspects.

Five MHKs opposed the decision not to create a new Department of Corporate Development to drive through change. An existing Minister will have responsibility for this.

And the Council of Ministers is not promoting TUPE legislation which protects employees' terms and conditions when a business is transferred from one owner to another - three MHKs opposed this stance.

Chief Minister Allan Bell finished the debate with a rallying call to Tynwald: (play audio)

Agenda for Change, which sets out the priorities for Government over the next four years, was also passed. This includes the launch of a new website where the public will be able to review the performance of Government.

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