Non-Departmental Public Body

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Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB)

a body which has a role in the process of national government, but is not a government department or part of one, and which accordingly operates to a greater or lesser extent at arm's length from Ministers.
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The Welsh Government defended itself when asked how many quangos - which it calls Welsh Government Sponsored Bodies - it had set up.
But Mr Byrne said: "Labour had a plan for steadily saving half a billion by carefully closing 25 per cent of quangos over the next few years.
Many quangos have pension liabilities that will have to be met by someone, and some staff will find themselves doing their old job, but with a different title and as part of the civil service.
"The bonfire of the quangos was meant to be about cutting bureaucracy and waste.
Milosevic had nationalized the banking system and people working for the State Department or the QUANGOs had to literally hand over bags of cash in Montenegro or Hungary.
Some Quangos were established to augment the work of local authorities, and were briefly known as Qualgos (Quasi-Autonomous Local Government Organisations).
For example, the 'accountability' associated with elected local government needs to be set against the 'accountability' associated with the publication of accounts/scrutiny by press, public, etc, which often characterises the 'quango' sector.
THE coalition's claim to be saving pounds 2.6bn through a "bonfire of the quangos" was criticised by a powerful group of MPs.
HUNDREDS of jobs are set to go in the region after the Government unveiled a "bonfire of the quangos" yesterday.
QUANGO CASE STUDY 1: CONSUMER FOCUS WALES CONSUMER Focus Wales was created only two years ago to champion consumer rights, but it is to be scrapped as the Government seeks to cut costs.
CASH-STRAPPED Northern Ireland taxpayers are shelling out pounds 9.8 billion a year for dozens of quangos. - and have spent millions on nine new bodies created in the past five years alone.
THIRTY-SIX European Union "quangos" costing taxpayers pounds 1.8bn a year were attacked today as "not fit for purpose".