Quangos do *not* cost €13bn

goosebump

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This is probably one the most repeated inaccurate statements on politics.ie, and has now found its way into the Sindo too, so can we finally quash it?

Everybody's favourite bleeding heart liberal group, TASC, did a report a few years back in which the referred to the combined budget of our various quangos. The figure they put on this budget was €13bn.

TASC were quite content to let this figure slip out there and for people to interpret it as the cost of Quangos to the taxpayer, when obviously it the amount of money the Quangos spend on both current spending and capital projects.

Included in the figure (but not referred to in the TASC report) are things like the entire capital budget of the RPA, the entire capital budget of the NRA, the entire revenue stream of self financing agencies like the Irish Aviation Authority etc etc. The actual funding provided by the taxpayer for the day to day costs is only a small fraction of the €13bn (again not referred to in the TASC report).

The Sindo has today suggested that cutting the Quangos will mean we don't need to do any more budgetary adjustments over the next 4 years.

The fact that its in the Sindo in the first place should tell you that this claim is bullsh1t, but I've provided this info just in case.
 


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This is probably one the most repeated inaccurate statements on politics.ie, and has now found its way into the Sindo too, so can we finally quash it?

Everybody's favourite bleeding heart liberal group, TASC, did a report a few years back in which the referred to the combined budget of our various quangos. The figure they put on this budget was €13bn.

TASC were quite content to let this figure slip out there and for people to interpret it as the cost of Quangos to the taxpayer, when obviously it the amount of money the Quangos spend on both current spending and capital projects.

Included in the figure (but not referred to in the TASC report) are things like the entire capital budget of the RPA, the entire capital budget of the NRA, the entire revenue stream of self financing agencies like the Irish Aviation Authority etc etc. The actual funding provided by the taxpayer for the day to day costs is only a small fraction of the €13bn (again not referred to in the TASC report).

The Sindo has today suggested that cutting the Quangos will mean we don't need to do any more budgetary adjustments over the next 4 years.

The fact that its in the Sindo in the first place should tell you that this claim is bullsh1t, but I've provided this info just in case.
Well said , the propoganda machines are in overdrive on this one.
 


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