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The Open Council is in danger of being abolished by the Governments bid to axe all unnecassary quango's. Quangos - "quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations" - are arms-length bodies funded by Whitehall departments but not run by them. They are advisory bodies, consumer watchdogs or organisations that carry out essential public services, like the Open Council.

The government has announced a huge cull of quangos in a move it says will improve accountability and cut costs. It will axe 192 of the public bodies - such as the Film Council and the Audit Commission - while 118 will be merged. The future of some bodies is still under consideration but 380 will definitely be kept. The fate of the Open Council, however, is far from secure.

 

 

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