Cuts Watch #287: The full list of non-departmental public body cuts
The full list of NDPB cuts is available to download. There are some changes from previous reports. Of particular concern is that Remploy is now under review (as, presumably, are the jobs of their disabled workforce) and that the Government is proceeding with its plans to scrap the Agricultural Wages Board. In addition, some bodies that have been retained, for example the EHRC, look set to experience significant funding reductions.
PCS have reacted to the cuts, pointing out that they will in fact reduce democratic accountability and will carry high social and economic costs.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
‘Of course over time some quangos come to the end of their useful life, just as new ones are needed. But today’s quango cull is neither about efficiency or even saving money as Ministers seem very vague about the finances, despite the job losses involved. Instead they want to reduce democratic accountability, get rid of bodies that stand up for ordinary people against Government or business excess, and centralise power in Whitehall.
When independent bodies give public advice to Ministers, they have to explain why if they reject it. With no independence or transparency, corporate lobbyists will be cracking open the champagne today. The politics is simple. Today’s move manages to both shrink the state and reduce its democratic accountability.’