Should quangos be cut?
Over 190 quangos - organisations funded by government but not run by it - are to either be abolished or have their functions taken over by the government or other bodies. Is this the right decision?
Supporters of quangos say they have expertise of their area and operate without ministerial interference, but opponents argue they reduce accountability and increase costs.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude says the cuts will save money but the "principle objective" is to "increase accountability". Unions argue the changes will damage public services, cost jobs and not result in savings.
Do quangos perform an important politically impartial role? Are the right quangos being cut? Will there be an impact on public services?
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