Design Council review in the hands of Government

The review of ‘the future role and status’ of the Design Council has been handed over to officials at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

Martin Temple, chairman of manufacturer the 600 Group and council member of the Design Council, was appointed in July to lead the review.

The review is in response to the Government commitment to reduce the number and cost of quangos, as well as to consider the implementation of the March 2010 Dyson Report, which recommended a review of the funding, objectives and impact of the Design Council.

It comes ahead of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, due on 20 October, at which the Government is expected to make significant cuts to public-sector spending.

Temple has consulted with stakeholders to develop recommendations in the review, which has now been handed to David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, and Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries.

The Cabinet Office says the review will feed into the Public Bodies Bill, which will look at the future of quangoes, and is due in late October.

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