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Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organization. An organization, which itself is not part of the government, to which the government has given a large degree of power, as a regulator or in another capacity. A prominent example is the Water Services Regulation Authority, which regulates sewage in the UK, among other things. However, it is not part of the government. The term is most common in the British Isles.
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quango (quasi-autonomous nongovernmental organization)

an executive body which is responsible for overseeing a designated area of public sector activities and spending.
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"The Tories now need to tell us whether their desperation for headlines and faster cuts means the cost of closing quangos is actually bigger than the savings."
The SCPMDE is one of the most heavily funded quangos, with an annual budget of pounds 140 million.
The QUANGOs also spent a great deal of money training election observers, one for almost every district in Yugoslavia.
The general theme of the book is that Quangos are undemocratic and unaccountable.
There is, then, considerable disagreement on what is, or is not, a quango with the government claiming numerical reduction and other political parties and interest groups claiming tremendous growth.
"We have closed 72 quangos since May 2010 and have passed a law allowing us to close more and so to reduce the number of public bodies by a third.
Cabinet Minister Francis Maude also yesterday admitted jobs would be lost as a result of his plan to scrap 192 quangos, with a further 118 bodies merged and another 171 "substantially" reformed.
QUANGO CASE STUDY 2: YOUTH JUSTICE BOARD THE Youth Justice Board for England andWales, Targets for bringing criminals to justice were consideration.
The latest available figures for the 2008-09 financial year reveals there were 78 Executive sponsored public bodies costing, a staggering pounds 9.8billion - but the Executive list doesn't include all the internal government agencies or a rash of equally unelected advisory bodieswhich take the total to over 100 quangos. The Health and Social Care Trusts had the highest overall cost of around pounds 3.3 billion.
The report, The Essential Guide to EU Quangos 2009, recommended curbing their activities and even closing some of them down.
Hundreds of quangos spend billions of pounds each year on essential services such as health and education.
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.