Investors in People branded a useless quango

Investors in People (IIP) has been named one of nine “most useless” quangos in a report.

Essential Guide to British Quangos 2005 said at least 111 of the appointed bodies have been set up since Labour came to power in 1997. This brings the total number of quangos to 529.

In his report, author Dan Lewis listed what he dubbed the nine “most useless quangos”. They are the British Potato Council, Milk Development Council, Energy Savings Trust, Agricultural Wages Committees, Wine Standards Board, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Football Licensing Authority, Economic and Social Research Council and Investors in People UK.

IIP unveiled a new version of its standard last November which placed new emphasis on employee involvement and on maximising potential.

At the time, Ruth Spellman, chief executive of IIP, said: “Organisations don’t stand still, so neither should the standard. This latest review ensures that it recognises the issues and opportunities businesses are facing today and can help them respond to these challenges.”

More than 37,000 organisations across the UK have already achieved the IIP standard.

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