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quango

(kwang'gō),
A committee wholly or partially supported by government funds in which some members are appointed by government and others by nongovernmental agencies or organizations; the committee functions as a nongovernmental organization rather than as an arm of government. System used primarily in U.K.
[quasi-non-governmental organization]

quango

A type of non-governmental, “arm’s-length” organisation, devised in 1967 by the Carnegie Foundation’s Alan Pifer in an essay on independence and accountability in public-funded bodies incorporated in the private sector. Such organisations would perform governmental functions at a distance—at a so-called “arm’s length”, i.e., without stringent oversight by Whitehall and central government.
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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.
A quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation - or quango - is a public body not directly controlled by government.
While some progress has been made and we welcome the winding up of bodies like the Regional Development Agencies and Sustainable Development Commission, the savings from a number of the quangos it has abolished will be negligible.
At a time when the whole country is crying out for growth and jobs, it is unbelievable that the government is turning its back on a prime source of investment simply because of an ideological obsession about quangos," said Hudd.
But let's be clear, when it comes to shrinking and streamlining the quango state there's plenty more to come.
The Government Offices for the Regions, John Prescott's unelected regional quangos, have now been exposed for the most extravagant array of wasteful spending.
Despite speculation, the Carbon Trust and the Energy Saving Trust were not on yesterday's list, but they are not-for-profit companies rather than quangos.
In a move echoing the AssemblyS S Government's own bonfire of the quangos in 2004, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said the changes would usher in a "new era of accountability" in government - although he did not give a figure on the savings Ministers expected to make.
A total of 192 quangos across the country are to be scrapped under the plans.
The number of Business Department quangos to be abolished, merged or receive no more funding has now increased to 17.
Conservative Party leader David Cameron tells the Reform think-tank a Tory government would slash the number of quangos
There is also concern that some of these quangos operate on stupid-ideas and produce very little value, and indeed are not fit for purpose.