Cuts Watch #10: Cuts in funding for ‘quangos’
The term ‘quango‘ is a euphamism – non-departmental public bodies carry out a range of essential work across Government and cuts will have as large an impact on delivery here as they would anywhere else – in areas including education, equalities and regional development.
Today’s announcement suggests that £270 million will be cut from Regional Development agencies. This appears to be part of the £600 million will be cut from ‘quangos’ – with rumours suggesting that organisations including the QCA and the Young Person’s Learning Agency are also in line for severe cuts or abolition and confirmation that the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency BECTA will be closed.
The Chairman and Chief Executive have said:
Becta is a very effective organisation with an international reputation, delivering valuable services to schools, colleges and children. Our procurement arrangements save the schools and colleges many times more than Becta costs to run. Our Home Access programme will give laptops and broadband to over 200,000 of the poorest children.
Update: Other possible cuts include a £1million cut for the School Food Trust, and significant cuts for the QCA (whose future apparently remains under review). PA are also reporting that £16 million is to be cut from the National College, £15 million will be cut from the Children’s Workforce Development Council and that the Training and Development Agency for Schools is losing £30 million from its budget.
We will report here as further detail on the ‘quango’ cuts becomes available.