A number of public sector bodies will be merged, abolished or streamlined, following a review by the Department for Media, Culture and Sport.

A number of public sector bodies will be merged, abolished or streamlined, following a review by the Department for Media, Culture and Sport.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, announced the changes, part of the Government’s drive to cut costs and increase transparency, on 26 July.

They include abolishing the UK Film Council and establishing a direct and less bureaucratic relationship with the British Film Institute. Elsewhere, there are plans to abolish the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council to focus efforts on frontline services, as well as merging UK Sport and Sport England to create a more effective structure to deliver elite sport success.

“The Government is committed to increasing the transparency and accountability of its public bodies, while at the same time reducing their number and cost,” said Hunt.

“Many of these bodies were set up a considerable length of time ago, and times and demands have changed. In the light of the current financial situation, and as part of our drive to increase openness and efficiency across Whitehall, it is the right time to look again at the role, size and scope of these organisations.”

He said the changes would help the Government deliver “fantastic culture, media and sport, while ensuring value for money for the public and transparency about where taxpayers’ money is spent.”

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