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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.
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.
Most Governments come into office promising to crack down on the quango state - that argument was one rationale for devolution, of course.
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.
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.
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.
The Assembly Government offer is a bid to resolve the pay jumble that followed Rhodri Morgan's bonfire of the quangos which brought independent bodies like the Welsh Development Agency under Assembly control.
This is rich coming from a party that removed powers wholesale from democratically elected local councils and gave them to unelected (and very expensive) Quangos.
WE were promised a bonfire of the quangos by the Scottish Executive.