The Telegraph this morning carries a report relating how the Learning and Skills Council has managed to spend £54.4 million making its own staff redundant since it was created in 2001. Add to that a further £61.9 million spent in the year before its launch winding up its predecessor, the national network of Training and Enterprise Councils. That brings the total bill to more than £116 million since 2000.
It was David Willetts, the shadow education secretary, who uncovered the figures through a series of written Parliamentary questions.
Typically of New Labour non-managers in the public sector these quangocrats have no conception of cost control. If they did they would question having a Belgravia address for their London office:
Learning and Skills Council
8-10 Grosvenor Gardens
Unfortunately the swanky West End HQ is standard procedure in the education sector:
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
83 Piccadilly (overlooking Green Park)
Ofsted might actually be ashamed of their offices just up from the Waldorf Hotel, round the corner from the Royal Opera House. If you go to the Contact us page of their website it looks like their HQ might be in Manchester, but no this is just the postal address of the North regional centre and in fact the HQ is in Kingsway, see Office locations.