In April 2011, Cabinet Office announced that all non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) still in existence following the reforms brought about by the Public Bodies Act would have to undergo a substantive review at least once every 3 years, starting in 2011 to 2012.
These triennial reviews would have 2 purposes:
to provide a strong challenge of the continuing need for individual NDPBs, both their function and their form, employing the ‘3 tests’ discipline
where it is agreed that a particular body should remain as an NDPB, to review the control and governance arrangements in place to ensure that the public body is complying with recognised principles of good corporate governance
Read the Triennial Reviews Guidance on how to carry out a review. Contact the Cabinet Office for a copy the original June 2011 guidance.
The guidance states that each review should be open and transparent, with a report at the end of the review providing evidence and rationale for decisions about the body’s future. Departments publish these reports online and announce their publication to Parliament.