News from British and Canadian Conservatives

Friday, March 09, 2007

Quangocracy still beating Democracy

ConservativeHome has published an excellent and eye opening report on the UK's QUANGO state. Some of the highlights (or lowlights) in the report are as follows:

1. Last year alone the number of administrative staff employed by the Government increased by 78,000. That's greater than the entire reduction in staff numbers proposed by the Government's Gershon review.

2. The average number of non-medical staff in each NHS QUANGO has increased from 1519 to 1597. At the same time, the NHS is facing its largest ever deficit, nurses are being laid off and operations are being cancelled, to save money.

3. The abolition of Strategic Rail Authority was announced in 2004, yet it now employs more staff than then!

4. There are still two QUANGOs devoted to abolition the £ in favour of the €.

5. Since 1997 the number of QUANGOs has increased from 1,900 to 2,500, a 32% increase.

6. The Treasury has lept from 6th to 4th in terms of the departments with the most staff on Gordon Brown's watch. It has over taken the MOD and Home Office at the time of immense pressures on those departments due to wars in Iraq and Afganistan, rampant illegal immigration and migration from Eastern European EU members.

Moreover, appointments to QUANGOs are still being made on a very political basis, despite Labour's pledge to end political patronage at the 1997 General Election. In 2002, the Scotsman reported that a quarter of Health QUANGOs in Scotland were Chaired by Labour activists, and out of 141 Health Board members, only one was a Tory!

No comments: