Posts tagged with ‘ Arm’s length bodies ’

School of hard knocks: is Ofsted’s survival under threat?

, 12 June 2014

The dust is slowly settling after reports from the Department of Education and Ofsted this week identified significant failings in a number of Birmingham’s schools. The degree to which these schools ‘failed to promote British values’ and whether doing so breached regulatory requirements is still not entirely clear. But the media frenzy and...

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Burying the bodies – questions linger about the Public Bodies Reform Programme

, 7 February 2014

The National Audit Office today reported that public bodies reduced their administrative spending by £723 million in 2012-13, compared to 2010-11. 283 public bodies have been removed, either by merging them with other bodies or outright abolition. This represents 92% of the expected total reduction. So far, so good. The Cabinet Office are pleased...

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Ofsted row obscures important facts about public appointments

, 3 February 2014

• The vast majority – around nine in ten – of persons appointed to public bodies declare no party links. • The latest figures from the Commissioner for Public Appointments shows that 3.3 per cent of appointees in 2012-13 declared a Conservative affiliation, compared to 3 per cent for Labour (with the balance favouring...

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Designed to fail: the Care Quality Commission is a warning to quango cullers

, 3 July 2013

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which has been over all the headlines again in the past fortnight over firmly denied allegations that its top officials conspired to suppress a report into deaths at Morecambe Bay’s maternity unit, is one such. It was created not from any obvious policy logic but simply from a desire...

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Acceptance of NHS reform could hinge on accountability

, 3 June 2011

If the Government’s listening exercise can encourage ministers to clarify the lines of accountability, the decentralisation introduced in the Health and Social Care Bill may be more widely accepted. The Institute’s recent report, Nothing to do with me? put forward guiding principles on ministerial accountability within decentralised services.

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One rule for social mobility, another for sustainability

, 6 April 2011

In July 2010, Environment Secretary announced the abolition of the government funded watchdog on sustainability, the Sustainable Development Commission.

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Where next for arm’s length bodies?

, 7 January 2011

We’ve produced our report, Read Before Burning. We had in the autumn the results of the Government review. Today, we heard coruscating criticism from the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) of the way the government carried out its review.

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Henry VIII or Henry II? Ministers need to rethink powers in the Public Bodies Bill

, 8 November 2010

There is often Parliamentary controversy when the government seeks to give itself ‘Henry VIII powers’ – extensive powers through secondary legislation.

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The fate of quangos

, 15 October 2010

Early on in my civil service career, I worked on the abolition of the Greater London Council (GLC). One of the Thatcher government’s charges against the GLC was that it wasted ratepayers’ money on a plethora of loony left causes.

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Reining in the quango state: our four key findings

, 24 September 2010

Ministers have already said that the list does not represent current policy. But the desire to rein back the quango state was already clear in the coalition agreement and earlier announcements.

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