Proposals to abolish 180 QUANGOS and merge a further 124 have been leaked to the BBC’s Politics Show.
The British Council and immigration regulator OISC are among taxpayer-funded bodies under threat of abolition, major reform or merger with another body.
The list, dated 26 August, includes groups linked to all major government departments.
The list of public bodies includes the previously announced abolition of the General Social Care Council and Health Protection Agency, but also puts a question mark over the future of dozens of less well-known bodies.
The list suggests 180 QUANGO’s (quasi non-governmental organisation, an acronym for publically funded bodies) will be abolished and 124 merged. A further 338 will be retained, although 56 of them will be subject to “substantial reform”. The future of another 100 bodies are yet to be agreed, according to the letter.
The future of the Student Loans Company, tourism groups Visit England and Visit Britain and the Equality and Human Rights Commission are ‘yet to be decided’, according to the document.
And under the proposals the The School Food Trust would have its status changed to an independent charity, Ofsted and the Food Standards Agency would be kept but subject to “substantial reform”.
The newly formed Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates the healthcare industry, along with OFQAL are listed to be ‘retained’, but the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency is to be abolished.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which advises the government on migration trends and recommends the ‘shortage occupations list’, looks set to be retained.
The Cabinet Office has ordered a leak inquiry and says it regrets any “uncertainty” for employees.