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The announcement by the government last week of a massive cull of so-called “quangos” – organisations that are funded by the taxpayer but outside government departments – has brought at least two welcome developments for Worcestershire. That’s the view of local MP, Peter Luff.

After reviewing the list, he welcomed the abolition of the Standards Board for England and the change in status of British Waterway to a charity.

Peter explained,

“The Standards Board for England has brought misery to hard working local councilors of all Parties. It became a charter for ill-founded allegations made by disgruntled members of the public who too often had no legitimate concern – just a grievance that a decision hadn’t gone their way.

“It was supposed to root out corruption and conflicts of interest, but that is best done by the mechanisms that were always in place at local level.

“I know many good councilors who went through purgatory while they were examined by the Standards Board. It was a poor way to reward their dedication and no one should mourn its passing.

Turning to British Waterways, Peter added,

“We have seen the magnificent job British Waterways has done in Droitwich, making a reality of the re-opening of the canals. It has done similar excellent things elsewhere in Worcestershire and around the country. But to fulfill its potetntial it needed the freedom that the public sector could never provide.

“Now it will become a charity, much like the National Trust, and it will be in a much stronger placed to develop the country’s waterways – and to ensure the success of the Droitwich Canals. This is just what BW wanted and I am very pleased for them and all the users of canals – from tow path walkers to boaters, who will get a better experience as a result.”


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