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'Fundamental problems' of States

Jeremy Coleman: Auditor General for Wales
Jeremy Coleman said there was not clear, corporate leadership

There are fundamental problems with the way Guernsey is governed, according to a report by the Wales Audit Office.

The report concludes Guernsey needs a better system of governance.

The Auditor General for Wales criticised the States' structure and said individuals were unwilling to accept the discipline needed to change.

"Good governance is at the heart of every successful public service - but the States are wide of the mark," Jeremy Colman said.

Other criticisms in the report were that the current structure did not allow for clear, corporate leadership, there was a lack of strategic direction resulting in a protracted decision-making process and decisions were not always backed up by good quality information.

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