Old Holborn – no, not the tobacco tin, but the hugely funny and poignant political blogger has provided some fascinating statistics that we’d like to repeat here. You can read the full article here.
- Quangos in UK: 1,162
- Cost to taxpayer: £64billion
- Cost per household: £2,550
- No employed: 700,000 bureaucrats
When these figures are added to other government subsidiaries such as local authorities and NHS trusts, the figures come out as:
- Organisations: 2,063
- Cost to taxpayer: £257billion
- No employed: 5.1 million bureaucrats
This means that 25% of the entire UK working population is employed by the government in one form or another. That’s a lot of overhead for very little actual return and a huge public sector pensions bill that has to be paid from the public purse – no wonder we can’t make ends meet.