Bonfire of Quangos a mistake says Plaid's Adam Price

Former MP Adam price is now Plaid Cymru's Finance Spokesperson Credit: Plaid Cymru

The 2004 "Bonfire of the Quangos" which replaced bodies like the Welsh Development Agency and the Wales Tourist Board with civil servants directly answerable to ministers, hasn't worked, according to Plaid Cymru's Finance Spokesperson, Adam Price.

In a speech this morning, he's called for a new model for Welsh Government, with the Finance Minister and First Minister driving reform through a cabinet office that demands objectives are met by specialist teams in charge of the different major areas of responsibility.

Mr Price said success would be judged by progress towards meeting three targets for the next ten years.

  • Cutting the wealth creation gap between Wales and the rest of the UK (per capita GVA) by 10% by 2026

  • Cutting avoidable deaths by 25%, saving 10,000 Welsh lives by 2026

  • Getting Welsh education into the top ten in Europe, as measured by the international PISA rankings.