Window dressing attack

Sturgeon’s new advisers ‘will be ignored’ says Perry

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Jack Perry: ‘staggering that agency heads not invited’ (pic: Terry Murden)

A former chief executive of Scotland’s biggest development agency has claimed the Scottish government’s new Advisory Council is “window dressing” and its proposals will be ignored.

Jack Perry, who was head of Scottish Enterprise and chairman of CBI Scotland, also said it is “staggering” that neither the chairmen nor CEOs of both Scottish Enterprise or Highlands and Islands Enterprise have been invited to join the new group.

The government today announced it had axed its Council of Economic Advisers and replaced it with the new Advisory Council whose members include entrepreneurs, academics and a senior retailer.

But Mr Perry questioned why the heads of the two big development agencies have not been invited to join, given that they will be tasked with implementing any policies that emerge from its recommendations.

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