2010 UK quango reforms

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Following the 2010 United Kingdom general election, the UK Government announced plans to curb public spending through the abolition of a large number of quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations (quangos). On 23 May 2010, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne unveiled a £500million[1] plan to reduce the budget deficit by abolishing or merging many quangos. This was styled in the national press as a "Bonfire of the quangos",[2] making reference to Girolamo Savonarola's religiously inspired Bonfire of the Vanities ("falò delle vanità").[3][unreliable source?] Although not without critics,[4] it was generally welcomed by the business community.[5]

Categorisation of reform[edit]

On 14 October, the government released a document entitled Public Bodies Reform –– Proposals for Change outlining plans for each quango. The document broadly classified each quango into one of four groups, viz.

  • Retain - the government thought it expedient to retain the organisation;
  • Merge - the organisation would be merged with another organ of state or its function could be replicated by a third sector organisation;
  • Abolish - the organisation would be abolished;
  • Under consideration - firm plans were not drawn up for organisations in this category, but deadlines were set for complete consideration.[6]

The document also contained a description of which ministry of state or government department the organisation was part of.

Quangos to be abolished[edit]

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Cabinet Office

The Department for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Department for Education

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Ministry of Justice

The Department for Transport

Quangos to be abolished with reservations[7][edit]

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Cabinet Office

The Department for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  

Department for Education  

The Department of Health 

The Ministry of Justice

The Department for Transport 

The Department for Work and Pensions

Quangos to be merged[edit]

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Ministry of Justice

The Department for Work and Pensions

Quangos under review[11][edit]

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Cabinet Office

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 

The Department of Education

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Ministry of Justice

The Home Office

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walters, Simon (23 May 2010). "George Osborne unveils £500m bonfire of the quangos". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Parkinson, Justin (14 October 2010). "Politicians' love/hate relationship with quangos". BBC News. Archived from the original on 17 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Amatosi, Alexander (8 September 2010). "Bonfire of the quangos". Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Porter, Andrew (23 September 2010). "Quango cuts: backlash begins". Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 27 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Businesses rejoice as Whitehall starts the cull of quangos". London Evening Standard. 14 October 1010. Archived from the original on 22 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Public Bodies Reform –– Proposals for Change". UK Government. 15 October 1010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  7. ^ With some or all functions transferred to civil service, local government, other quango, expert committee, charity or private sector.
  8. ^ National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
  9. ^ Also known as WAB.
  10. ^ Also known as Tenant Services Authority.
  11. ^ As of 14 October 2010.
  12. ^ LBRO website

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