Posts tagged with ‘ Quangos ’

Will new audit change give rise to a phoenix from the flames?

, 25 March 2014

The commission itself is being scrapped – a mere three years later than originally intended – in favour of the big, bad, idea that councils and other public bodies should appoint their own auditors. This, as the Institute for Government noted in its recent study Dying to Improve, overturns a longstanding principle that really...

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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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