Problems within WAG

Given Sunday's blog on Dafydd Wigley's comments regarding the role of the civil service in Wales, it would seem that at least individuals working for WAG agrees with his observations.

According to Western Mail, the 'whistleblower' alleges:
  • Recent Ministerial refusal to meaningfully engage with the UK Government on stimulating bank lending to Wales’s businesses in favour of WAG lending of public money direct to business;
  • hundreds of millions of pounds of European aid being diverted from the private sector into the continuation of longstanding, re-branded public sector schemes with poor track records;
  • the much-trumpeted Single Investment Fund and WAG’s SME (small and medium enterprises) relationship manager support is only reaching a minuscule number of Welsh businesses;
  • millions of pounds of funding intended for SMEs not being used and handed back;
    an expensive IT project to develop a customer relationship management system not delivering;
  • major problems with the public transport concessionary fares scheme;
  • ministers’ decision to reject connecting with the highly praised Business Link and Direct Gov websites, helping millions of individuals and businesses elsewhere in the UK, on the grounds that they are “too English” and would make the millions of pounds invested in WAG’s site look embarrassing;
  • expensive staff events continuing at some of Wales’ best hotels regardless of the recession,
  • the department’s staff having the least faith in senior management, according to staff survey results.
Of course, as the WAG's spokesperson says, this could be hearsay but there is only one way to resolve these allegations and that is to show unequivocally that they have no basis in truth whatsoever.

As most of the allegations concern finance and performance, that shouldn't be too difficult. They could even publish the results of the staff survey.

However, if WAG does not do that, then the opposition should ask some serious questions regarding each and every one of the allegations made.

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