The final list of the public bodies to be culled in the widely trailed cuts in quango’s put forward by the Coalition Government has been announced today. The full (28 page) list is available here.
Notable losses include the Office of Fair Trading on which a consultation is to be launched in the New Year and the Tenant Services Authority. Both of these are to be merged into other bodies and some of their powers are to be abolished altogether.
The Valuation Tribunal, Residential Property Tribunals, Rent Assessment Committee, Leasehold Valuation Tribunal and possibly the Agricultural Land Tribunal will join other tribunals as part of the Tribunals Service.
The Land Registry is to be retained but with increased private sector funding (presumably this is code for a partial sell-off).
The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) remains under threat and the National Tenant Voice is to be abolished.
The Independent Housing Ombudsman is to be retained.
Interestingly the Legal Services Ombudsman, which only opened its doors on 1 October is to be closed again almost immediately.