Yesterday, the UK government announced the details of, what has been termed, a ‘bonfire of quangos’ in a move to improve accountability and, crucially, to cut costs. It will axe 192 of public bodies while merging another 118. ‘Quangos’ is a term for “quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations” which are funded by, but operate at arm’s-length from, government. In terms of disability-related bodies, the status of the following quangos is as follows…
Equality and Human Rights Commission – to be retained (but with a focus on core functions and ‘better use of taxpayers money’)
Equality 2025 – will be retained and will advise on areas covered by other relevant bodies that cease to exist.
Disability Employment Advisory Committee – abolished (transfer function to Equality 2025)
Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board – abolished (transfer of functions to Department for Work and Pensions and Equality 2025)
Disabled Passengers Transport Advisory Committee – abolished (Department for Transport will consider other ways to consult disabled passengers)
General Social Care Council – abolished
Independent Living Fund – still under consideration (‘options being considered’)