Not only is the Environment Agency still misallocating state-funds (through poor investment decisions, poor prioritisation of projects, staff abuses of working time/holiday polices and procedures, over-staffing, etc.) that goes undiagnosed and tackled, but to make matters worse, are considering increasing fees of its monopolistic permits to protect the status quo (rather than tackle the “mess”), which ultimately feeds back to you and me on the streets. But, all this is nothing new, and there is a long-trail of data that ministers can look at both internally and what has slithered through to the media/public. But, unfortunately, the biggest injustice is that this kind of behaviour is replicated throughout quango-world despite this governments promise to take an axe to those that are no longer fit for purpose.
This is a huge, missed opportunity to tackle our nation’s deficit through a well overdue pruning of quangos that are unelected and, for all intents and purposes, uncontrollable. So, understanding this premise, it is frustrating to see numerous reports highlighting these facts over the years (especially most recently), with still no action being taken. Just two weeks ago, there was ANOTHER report released highlighting that the quango system continues to lack accountability, and that it is still in a “mess”: Quangos system in a mess: MPs Report (Quangos are a mess and cost billions, say MPs)
The first few paragraphs say it all really:
“Dredging of the River Parrett was highlighted in a report which said the system for overseeing state-funded public bodies is in a ‘mess’. The system for overseeing state-funded public bodies is in a “mess” and lacks accountability, according to MPs. Billions of pounds are ploughed into hundreds of arms-length organisations.”
Even Parliament’s very own website has a section covering “the case against quangos” but it seems the public will continue to suffer the injustice and be shackled to this continuing “mess” of a system that is no longer (or ever was?) fit for purpose through the poorly allocated and bad decisions made by unelected, and unaccountable bodies.
Perhaps my colleague’s idea that the whole point of state bodies, such as quangos, is to solely absorb the failed policies of mass higher education, whereby without these jobsworth organisations, there would be further acute unemployment among graduates, hence the lack of action against quangos like the Environment Agency that itself employees over 11,000 people who find it difficult to keep a busy schedule (as can be witnessed by the open abuse of the working policies and the experiences of EA staff on here and elsewhere).
How many reports, mistakes and misspent public funds will it take for this “mess” to be dealt with?