UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Obscene amount spent on Government’s quango obsession says Willott

Press Release   •   Feb 05, 2010 07:58 GMT

“The Liberal Democrats are the only party truly committed to bringing in a better politics for less," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet Office Minister.

Commenting on Government figures published today showing that the cost of running quangos has risen by almost £10bn since Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, to £46.5bn, Jenny Willott said: 

“Gordon Brown has taken Labour’s obsession with unelected and unaccountable quangos to a new extreme. 

“This is an obscene amount of money to spend on bodies that lack transparency and effective democratic control.  

“The Liberal Democrats are the only party truly committed to bringing in a better politics for less. 

“As a start, we would scrap 90 quangos and cap the salaries of senior management. This alone would help save nearly £1.2bn a year in taxpayers’ money at a stroke.”