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Quango cull will reduce democratic accountability of state

Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) that the Government will abolish 192 public bodies, 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.”

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