Study reveals cost of turning DfES into DCSF

19th March 2010 at 00:00
Whether this frenzy of reorganisation gives value for money is entirely mysterious - MP Edward Leigh

The reorganisation of government bodies such as the Department for Children, Schools and Families and Ofsted is a waste of taxpayers' money, according to a report released this week.

The study, conducted by the National Audit Office, has found that the country's government departments are in a "constant state of flux" compared with other countries, at a cost of nearly #163;200 million of public money a year.

Back in 2007, the Department for Education and Skills was dissolved and merged with a number of other organisations to create the DCSF.

In the same year, the Office for Standards in Education became the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills.

Edward Leigh, Conservative MP and chair of the committee of public accounts, said the changes would give designers of logos and makers of nameplates "much reason to be grateful".

"There have been no fewer than 25 government departments created in the UK since 1980, with 13 of these no longer in existence," Mr Leigh said.

"Compared with the US, where just two have been created in the same time period, our government departments seem to be in a constant state of flux.

"Whether this frenzy of reorganisation and renaming gives value for money is entirely mysterious."

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