Audit Commission £209m
Half the Audit Commission's work is fine. This is the bit that sends auditors into public-funded bodies to ensure probity and good stewardship of public funds, and that no-one has their fingers in the till.
The other half of the AC's work is to impose a centralist, Statist and homogenous system of Whitehall command and control across what are essentially local services; their self-invented system of scoring and marking enables them to coerce non-conforming and independent bodies into following central diktat. This bit must go.
Savings? An easy £100m p.a. here.
Homes and Communities Agency £4,505m
Social housing and regeneration. This is the body that funds all those Housing Associations currently buying-up your closed neighbourhood pubs and turning them into bedsits for Albanians. Also pumps money into the old Labour heartlands to retrain redundant tin-bashers in windmill maintenance. Some good work in bringing forward polluted sites for development (where de-polluting costs otherwise make sites uneconomic to develop).
Since immigration levels drive the need for new social housing, effective action on immigration will substantially reduce demand. And tax-breaks for investors is an equally if not more effective way of securing regeneration.
Savings? An easy £2.5bn a year here.
That's enough for today.