Stat of the day: 648

The number of quangos that will be left after the Coalition's 'bonfire'.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
It seems David Cameron is delivering on at least one of the promises he made before he took office: namely, the 'bonfire of the quangos', which is about to begin in earnest. That said, not all of them will be reduced to a pile of ashes and charcoal just yet - around 648 of the government-independent organisations will survive, while others will merge to create new bodies (let's not forget the Office for Budget Responsibility, one of the Coalition's earliest creations, which sparked not a little mockery at its distinctly quango-like appearance). It’s not all good news though: 192 will be abolished, with watchdog Consumer Focus likely to be the one of the most notable casualties, given that about 150 jobs stand to go once it's been axed. With all the controversy it's creating, it looks like this particular bonfire will cause the sorts of fireworks in the corridors of Westminster that even Guy Fawkes could be proud of...

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