Letter: Protect us from the bureaucrats

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Nick Boles MP says that the NHS should make substantial savings in what it spends on management and administration and encouraging more collaboration between departments.

Many readers might agree.

However, as our Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Planning, Nick is part of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

This department has generated more than 40 documents in its statistical series and more than 50 more documents are identified as ‘forthcoming publications.’

If we expand and explore this bizarre, bureaucratic scenario into all government departments we find that there are about 1,000 unelected quangos (quasi-autonomous non-government organisations) funded by taxpayers, with a combined expenditure of more than £1,000bn.

A Cabinet office report (2012) stated that the administrative cost of public bodies could be reduced by £2.6bn by 2015 ie about 0.25 per cent.

So much for the promised “bonfire of the quangos.”

Are the quangos unquenchable? Are the bureaucrats bullet-proof?

And can Nick please tell us if the plethora of paperwork from his department was generated for the tangible benefit of taxpaying voters or to justify the existence of the administrators?

Would that some divine authority could preserve us from bureaucrats, because politicians never will.

BRIAN BRUCE

Bourne Road, Colsterworth

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