A quango that hands out £8 billion of taxpayers’ money a year has failed to achieve the “efficiencies” it was set up to oversee – instead ballooning by a fifth since its creation, an official review has found.
The number of directors at UKRI, the government body responsible for funding research and innovation, has increased by 50 per cent in the last four years, despite the body being set up in 2018 to “deliver a step-change in administrative efficiency”.
A government-commissioned review concluded that “inefficiencies” at UKRI appeared in “different but connected ways”, with “the most visible evidence…seen in increased staff and headcount levels”.
As Parkinson shows us, this is just how bureaucracy works. And the body which funds science should follow the science, right?