quango

quango
quango quan‧go [ˈkwæŋgəʊ ǁ -goʊ] noun quangos PLURALFORM or quangoes [countable] ORGANIZATIONS
an independent organization in Britain, formed by the government but with its own legal powers. Quangos are responsible for controlling and supporting particular activities, for example by deciding who should receive money given by the government. The new name for quangos is NDPBs:

• Unelected quangos have replaced elected boards in much of the administration of government.

• quangos such as the Arts Council

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quango UK US /ˈkwæŋɡəʊ/ noun [C] (plural quangos)
GOVERNMENT ABBREVIATION for quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization: in the UK, an organization established by a government to consider a subject of public importance, which is independent from the government: »

Her consultancy has just prepared a report for the Carbon Trust (a quango promoting a low-carbon future).

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The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe) is the powerful quango which reviews planning applications for large commercial developments.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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