Trouble lighting Quango bonfire?

6 Apr 2011 by Karl Hallam

Cadence have always liked the Audit Commission. It is a bit of an embarrassing admission to make though. To some people they typify the faceless, pen-pushing, target obsessed organisation that New Labour wasted money on and created the mess we are in at the moment. They should have closed up shop the other day, but now they look set to carry on for a while longer having been rescued from the Quango bonfire that  just won't seem to burn as the Coalition had hoped.

This is a bit like the 'Lansley pause' on the NHS reforms, but a little less newsworthy for pretty obvious reasons. Staff there were all set to go home last week when the repreive came and as thier website so beautifully puts it:

'Future of the Audit Commission

On 13 August 2010, Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CLG) announced plans to disband the Audit Commission.

The aim is to have new arrangements in place for auditing England's local public bodies, but a timetable to move to a new regime has yet to be confirmed.'

It is hard to see how this carry on is going to lead too any savings and also difficult to see how the staff will pick themselves up after being singed by the diminshing bonfire.

Why have Cadence always liked the AC? Well, they've always done a fair number of reports that use data interestingly and set it in context clearly. Their reference sections are also wonderful for organisations like us too. At the moment we are very interested in how 3rd sector organisations are using the data in their field (specialism) and patch (place they operate). Many of them are bidding for work with Payment by Results a factor and it is a significant challenge to some of them to illustrate their results.

This is a meaty topic and we will keep talking about it and also keep an eye out for any other slightly charred Quangos that get pulled out of the flames.

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