Public bodies: information for departments

A collection of guidance that includes the governance and sponsorship of public bodies.

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This collection does not reflect current government guidance on public bodies. For current government guidance on public bodies, please visit the Public Bodies guidance page.

This collection brings together guidance documents for government departments seeking to create new public bodies, including information on how bodies are classified, good governance and effective sponsorship.

Characteristics and governance

Approval process

Managing relationships

Published 18 December 2012
Last updated 16 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. New guidance has been added to the following pages: "The approvals process for the creation of new arm's-length bodies" and "Executive agencies: characteristics and governance"

  2. First published.