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quango

a semipublic government-financed administrative body whose members are appointed by the government
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Today, The Potato Council, is not a quango but is an NDPB and again is no burden on the UK taxpayer.
I knew the cost was considerable but almost 10 billion for quangos in a wee place like Northern Ireland is a major scandal.
Indeed, the reason quangos are used, rather than civil servants in Whitehall, is because they have a degree of autonomy, supposedly allowing them to operate free from political interference.
Then Education Minister Jack McConnell put in Executive personnel to bring control of the quango closer to Ministers.
In this context the term quango, meaning 'quasi-non-governmental organisation', was used.
We were reluctant to set-up a new quango in the first place but if we had been told it would have cost pounds 800,000 to run annually we would have said 'No thanks'.
A document, dated August 26 and seen by the BBC's Politics Show, named 180 quangos which would be abolished, 124 to be merged, 56 to be retained "with substantial reform" and 282 to be preserved.
It claims there were 1,620 public appointments and reappointments to non-advisory quangos and NHS bodies in England and Wales in 2008-09, with quango chairs earning a median average of pounds 49,793.
Also known as quangos (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisations), these bodies mushroomed over the years.
While councillors are chosen in hard fought election campaigns surrounded by publicity, quango board members were typically appointed by Government politicians, and they were not accountable to the public.
WOULD it have mattered one iota to the vast majority of us if big quango, the Northwest Development Agency, had not saved little quango, The Mersey Partnership, from financial wipe-out?
Six-figure fat-cat salaries put quango kings like John Tiner of the Financial Services Authority on nearly pounds 360 an HOUR compared with just pounds 12 for a nurse and pounds 8 for a soldier.