Public Sector: MORI: four in five dislike cronyism

The public appointments system is suffering from a low level of public awareness and only one fifth of people have confidence in it, according to a MORI survey.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL), which has asked the Cabinet Office to review the selection process for people sitting on the boards of public bodies, commissioned the research.

A CSPL spokesman said: 'Enabling ministers to take part in the shortlisting process, but not in the final choice of candidate, will help improve confidence in the system and address concerns over cronyism, particularly with high-profile appointments such as the chairman of the BBC.'

The Cabinet Office will 'react in due course', a spokesman said.

The survey quizzed more than 1,300 people last year.

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