Govt hitting quango targets
The Government has closed down over 100 quangos and merged a further 150 since 2010, with savings on track to reach £2.6bn by 2015, Francis Maude has claimed today.
Mr Maude hailed the “swift action” taken against the “bloated quangocracy”, but Labour questioned the Coalition’s progress, saying the announcement is “not what it seems”.
The Institute for Government has also questioned the move, and claimed the "slash and burn" exercise would be "counterproductive".
"The government does not have a robust way of measuring and tracking savings and there appears to have been no attempt to assess whether these savings had had an impact on performance, " Programme Director Tom Gash said.
"It's also not clear whether savings couldn't have been achieved without the disruption of dozens of time-consuming structural reorganisations."