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Massive reforms to quangos announced - 14 October 2010

The Government has announced a radical overhaul of 901 government agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs), commonly referred to as quangos.

Massive reforms to quangos announced - 14 October 2010

The Government has announced a radical overhaul of 901 government agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs), commonly referred to as quangos. 192 have been completely abolished, 118 organisations will be merged, 171 of them are to be retained but substantially reformed, and 380 will be retained in their current form. A further 40 remain under review. Click here for the full list. A number of these public bodies provide funding to charities and other voluntary organisations or have other functions relevant to the voluntary sector.

Below we highlight some of the relevant NDPBs and government agencies which have been abolished, changed, or will be reformed (those which have been retained without changes are not listed here). Further announcements are expected to be made following the end of the Comprehensive Spending Review on Wednesday 20 October. Any changes to the following administrators will be reflected in the scheme pages of their funding programmes on Governmentfunding, as soon as information is made available. Wording is verbatim from the Cabinet Office announcement.

Providers or administrators of funding to the voluntary and community sector

Arts Council

Retain on grounds of performing a function which requires impartiality

Big Lottery Fund

Retain on grounds of performing a function which requires impartiality. Move policy responsibility to Cabinet Office

Capacitybuilders

No longer an NDPB - alternative delivery for capacity building activity is under review

Children's Workforce Development Council

Under Consideration - options being considered with an announcement being made before the end of 2010

Community Development Foundation

No longer an NDPB - Has charitable status. Support to move to adoption of social enterprise model

Heritage Lottery Fund

Retain - on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government

Legal Services Commission

No longer an NDPB. Alternative delivery for capacity building activity is under review

Natural England

Retain and substantially reform - Reform through structural, process and cultural change to become a more efficient and customer focused organisation; and clarify accountabilities. Further announcements after the spending review

NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)

No longer an NDPB - granted full charitable status

Ofcom

Merge - The postal services regulator, Postcomm, will be merged into Ofcom. Several Ofcom duties will be removed or modified

Sport England

Merge with UK Sport, as previously announced

UK Film Council

No longer an NDPB - Abolish body and transfer functions, as previously announced

Young People's Learning Agency

Under Consideration - Subject to education structural reforms

Bodies having policy responsibilities of relevance to the voluntary sector

Commission for the Compact

No longer an NDPB - The functions of the Commission for the Compact (to champion and promote the Compact) will be carried out by Compact Voice and the Cabinet Office respectively

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Retain and substantially reform - with better focus on its core regulatory functions and improved use of taxpayers' money

Legal Services Ombudsman

No longer a statutory body - Abolish both body and function - decision already taken to abolish by 2011

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

No longer an NDPB - Abolish body and transfer functions, as previously announced

Office for Civil Society Advisory Body

No longer an NDPB - The Advisory Body will be abolished when the member’s terms of office come to an end on 31/03/11

Women’s National Commission

No longer an NDPB - Abolish body and bring core functions into the Government Equalities Office, which will ensure direct Ministerial engagement with women and women's organisations

Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

No longer an NDPB - Abolish as part of wider criminal justice reforms