Thursday, 14 October 2010

Bonfire of the Quangos

It's happening.

Burn, baby, burn!

In a review announced today, 168 quangos - (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations) will be abolished, converted to non-funded advisory committees or moved into the private sector. A further 69 will be merged, 171 will undergo 'substantial reform' and 40 are still 'under consideration'. 365 will be retained without change.

However, the Government has not been clear on the savings that these changes are expected to deliver, or on the number of expected job losses. They have instead focused on 'increasing democratic accountability'.

Hmmm.

Now, the cynic in me says that's because the savings are going to be marginal. Perhaps the Government should be directing its efforts at areas where more obvious savings can be made. Like the £100billion per year working-age benefits bill, for example.

Just a thought.