Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fat cat money wasters to go

Treasury announces 'bonfire of quangos' to save taxpayer millions

I'll be amazed if the Government actually pulls this off, as it is their own babies they are killing. But abolishing and consolidating most of the UK's 1250 QUANGOs would be a good start. Many of these organisations are either morally or in some case actually corrupt but whatever they are they represent the looting of the taxpayer. One Regional Development Agency Chairman spent over £50k on Taxis in a year when he works a 3 day week, and its only a thin line to cross to other cases of officials at such agencies taking bribes or deceiving people into paying them money for supposed favours. These organisations started by overreaching their expenses, and the next logical step is quite literally fraud. Time for them to be abolished.

Posted by mikelivingstone @ 08:32 AM (1113 views)
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11 thoughts on “Fat cat money wasters to go

  • This is a golden opportunity not to be missed, firstly another quango then, a whole ministry and perhaps even a university course. These can be called, The Quango Quango, The Ministry of Ministry’s, and The University Course Where No one is Allowed to Fail.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    It’s not ‘millions’ though is it?

    The figure may be as high as one hundred billion, i.e. a hundred thousand millions.

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  • 1250!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • crashpad4me says:

    Mark @ 1. I would say that the overall savings might well be several billions, taking into account the cost of pensions etc. With increased life expectancies some of the people could be drawing pensions into the next century.

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  • The real problem was their creation in the first place and the somewhat tenuous reasoning behind it as a result of having a deeply flawed government as a direct result of a large parliamentary majority. Hopefully their civil service pensions are of the 80th’s variety rather than the less common 60th’s to minimise their financial damage.

    It’s also interesting to note that Scottish MSP’s last year voted to modify their pension arrangements from a very generous 50th’s to an even more lucrative 40th’s probably to get one over on their English counterparts where 40th’s are optional instead of 60th’s with higher contributions.

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  • enuii said…

    “The real problem was their creation in the first place … ”

    I’d agree with that.

    ” … and the somewhat tenuous reasoning behind it as a result of having a deeply flawed government as a direct result of a large parliamentary majority.”

    Which particular government are you referring to?

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  • No doubt the Treasury will have a model showing, e.g., that the taxi drivers will spend that £50k into the economy and the Treasury will get most of it back somehow, and that’s how they’ll justify quangos to themselves. They won’t mind the redistribution of wealth in favour of quango chairmen.

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  • doggett, every single one over the last 30 years but the last 10-15 probably win the dogs biscuit.

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  • Let’s abolish them all and run them from Whitehall…..oops, we don’t want overly central control either, do we?
    The remarkable thing is that any Government functions at all, the populist view swings with the wind, because most people cannot even begin to imagine how complex the notion is.
    ‘Let’s abolish red tape’ is another cry……erm like the red tape that keeps an eye on bankers.

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  • The quangos came about when Margaret Thatcher cut back the civil service. I think we should abolish everything and go back to living in caves.

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  • 9. cyril said…
    I think we should abolish everything and go back to living in caves.
    ‘we’? …….no such thing as we.
    Anyway the caves are in the last round of privatisation, along with the tooth fairy’s stash.

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