- provides a high-level introduction to the early decision-making process for establishing public bodies
- summarises the main characteristics of different types of public bodies
- provides information on the some of the legacy forms of public bodies that still exist
The guidance reflects the changes to the classification framework recommended in the report on the outcome of the classification review.
It forms part one of the comprehensive handbook on public bodies recommended in the report and replaces Categories of Public Bodies: A Guide for Departments published in December 2012.
Further parts of the handbook will be published during 2016 and 2017.
To provide feedback or ask a question about the guidance, email firstname.lastname@example.org.