Think tank calls for a bonfire of the DECC quangos

The Policy Exchange has called on the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to scrap more than 30 quangos.

In a new report, the think tank calls for a radical overhaul and consolidation of the energy administration system, which it claims could save hundreds of millions of pounds and help new companies enter the market.

According to the Policy Exchange report, there are over 30 bodies responsible for the delivery of energy policy, the management of industry codes of practice and the operation of the energy system. 

The cost of these organisations is estimated at more than £600million a year, the report claims.

Instead, the report calls for the functions of at least 10 organisations currently involved in the delivery of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies to be rationalised into a single organisation.

It also recommends the creation of a single industry codes body, to deal with the 11 industry codes, which govern how markets operate. 

“There are now over 30 organisations actively involved in the administration of the energy industry,” said report author, Richard Howard. 

“They often perform similar functions, pushing up costs, and creating complexity for energy companies. This unnecessary red tape risks deterring new entrants and stifling growth and innovation. It is time for the government to consider consolidating a large number of these bodies.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues