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Quango Cuts

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.

3 Comments

  • Peter Smith 14th October 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Apart from the OFT and Land Registry I’ve never heard of any of these.

    You don’t appear to be correct about the Legal Services Ombudsman opening its door only on October 1st. It dealt with almost 4,000 cases last year, the number growing each quarter but even when it awarded compensation, the sum averaged only between £200 and £300,so why anyone bothered I don’t know.

    In general quangos have a bad name as part of the gravy train, but some tribunals are necessary and do good work and some matters have to be independent of political masters.

    • PainSmith 14th October 2010 at 6:00 pm

      You may be confusing the Legal Complaints Service which has been running for some time and the Legal Ombudsman which was created by the Legal Services Act and started its work on 1 October.

  • R France 15th October 2010 at 6:23 am

    There are two separate bodies. The Legal SERVICES Ombudsman has been around for some 15 years, and its only being closed down because it has been replaced by the Legal Ombudsman (a service which now has a wider remit). So, in this case, there was no loss of a quango but a change of name, effectively.

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