Quango cuts fail to deliver
Committee chair Margaret Hodge said the MPs are concerned the claimed savings may in fact represent cuts to services.
“Not enough account has been taken of the continuing additional costs to other parts of government of taking on functions previously carried out by the abolished bodies,” she added.
The government has pledged to reduce the number of arms-length bodies from 904 to around 640 by 2015.
The cuts have already affected several bodies involved in the partnerships industry, with Partnerships for Schools subsumed into the education department, and the Homes and Communities Agency substantially reformed and reduced in scope.