The Learning and Skills Council has spent more than £100m on redundancies and reorganising over the past six years, it has been revealed.
Redundancy costs at the council, which is being restructured for the fourth time since 2000, reached £54.4m while “wind-down costs” amounted to £61.9m.
The government estimated that restructuring the council would save £40m a year, a small part of its £11bn budget.
David Willetts, shadow education secretary, said: “It is a depressing achievement for a fairly new body like the Learning and Skills Council to have already accumulated redundancy costs of £54.4m.”
A spokeswoman for the Department for Education and Skills said the redundancy costs needed to be put into context.
“It represents less than half of 1% of the total and must be considered alongside estimated annual savings of around £40m which will be achieved by the current restructuring exercise,” she said.