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Public Bodies Landscape

Well-run, cost effective public services are good for Scotland's competitiveness and overall economic performance. The Scottish Government is committed to achieving more effective public services for Scotland by removing unnecessary duplication and establishing structures which can support and drive the delivery of better outcomes for Scotland's people.

In 2007, the Scottish Government undertook to simplify the public sector landscape by reducing the number of Scottish public bodies under its control by 25% by April 2011 from a baseline figure of 199 in 2007 (50 bodies), excluding the abolition of 26 Justice of the Peace Advisory Committees initiated by the previous administration. Currently there are 122 public bodies directly under Scottish Government control.

The Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 includes order making powers to facilitate further reform and simplification measures. The process of simplifying and streamlining the delivery landscape is continuing. There is currently no target to reduce the number of public bodies directly under Scottish Government control.

Public bodies streamlining (simplification) tracker