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Ofcom  

Ofcom is the regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. It regulates the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. Ofcom works with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

Office for Budget Responsibility  

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) gives independent and authoritative analysis of the UK’s public finances. OBR is an executive non-departmental public body of HM Treasury.

Office for Fair Access  

The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) safeguards and promotes fair access to higher education by approving and monitoring access agreements. All English universities and colleges that want to charge higher fees must have an access agreement with us. OFFA is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

Office for National Statistics  

The Office for National Statistics is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. It plays a leading role in national and international good practice in the production of official statistics. ONS works with the UK Statistics Authority.

Office of Manpower Economics  

The Office of Manpower Economics provides an independent secretariat to the seven Pay Review Bodies and two Police Boards (England and Wales) which make recommendations impacting 2½ million workers – around 40% of public sector staff – and a pay bill of £95 billion. OME works with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

Office of Surveillance Commissioners  

The Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) oversees the conduct of covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sources by public authorities in accordance with the Police Act 1997 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA). OSC is a tribunal non-departmental public body of the Home Office.

Office of Tax Simplification  

We give independent advice to the government on simplifying the UK tax system. OTS is a sub-organisation of HM Treasury.

Office of the Children's Commissioner  

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner promotes the rights, views and interests of children in policies or decisions affecting their lives. They particularly represent children who are vulnerable or who find it hard to make their views known. Office of the Children's Commissioner is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Education.

Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner  

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) is responsible for regulating immigration advisers by ensuring they are fit and competent and act in the best interest of their clients. OISC is an executive non-departmental public body of the Home Office.

Office of the Public Guardian  

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) implements the Mental Capacity Act 2005 by administering powers of attorney, supervising deputies who manage the affairs of others and investigating and acting on allegations of abuse by attorneys and deputies. OPG is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice.

Official Solicitor and Public Trustee  

The Official Solicitor and Public Trustee (OSPT) support the work of the MOJ. They carry out separate functions, although their respective trusts, estates and deputyships are managed by the same team. The Official Solicitor provides access to the justice system for vulnerable people who may have problems understanding it due to their age or disability. The Public Trustee acts as executor or administrator of estates and as the appointed trustee of settlements. OSPT works with the Ministry of Justice.

Olympic Delivery Authority  

We are working to transform the Olympic and Paralympic Village into more than 2,800 new homes, close out £6 billion of contracts, and dismantle temporary venues. We were responsible for the construction of venues and infrastructure for London 2012, including the Olympic Park, planning and funding transport for the Games, and regulating advertising and trading. ODA is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

Olympic Lottery Distributor  

The Olympic Lottery Distributor (OLD) used money raised by the National Lottery to deliver the infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and their legacy. OLD is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

Ordnance Survey  

Ordnance Survey is Great Britain’s national mapping agency. It carries out the official surveying of GB, providing the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data, relied on by government, business and individuals. It is an executive agency as well as a non-ministerial department. OS is a non-ministerial department.