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About Public Bodies

Put simply a public body is generally an organisation which receives at least 50 percent of its funding from central government. Within this framework, some public bodies operate to a greater or lesser extent at arm’s length from Ministers and are not part of a Scottish Government Directorate. These specific bodies are generally referred to as Non Departmental Public Bodies and are managed by a Board whose members are appointed by the Minister. Public bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes and fall into one of the following classifications depending on their functions and relationship with Scottish Ministers and/or the Scottish Parliament:

Information on the contact details, staffing, chief executive name and salary and levels of Scottish Government funding of public bodies is available from the National Public Bodies Directory.

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There are also a number of public bodies in Scotland that are associated with the UK government. To find out more about them and how to get involved click here