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Red sky at night, Coalition delight?

15 October 2010

The Coalition Government has announced the outcome of its ‘bonfire of the Quangos’. The review, which was designed to support the Government’s commitment to accountability, transparency and efficiency, has confirmed that 192 Quango’s will be abolished, 118 of the bodies which are funded by Whitehall departments but not run by them will be merged and 380 will be retained.

Those public bodies which will be retained following the review will remain at arms length from the Government who have pledged that they will continue to take appropriate steps to enable them to operate more openly.

The dramatic cull has successfully lit the touch paper for the Governments reform agenda and a week prior to the Comprehensive Spending Review this must be seen as a clear indication that the Coalition means business when it comes to burning what it deems unnecessary red tape.

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