Dozens of so-called quangocrats are 'double-dipping' by taking several taxpayer-funded jobs at the same time, it emerged last night.
The public-sector fat cats are able to earn tens of thousands of pounds by riding the quango 'merry-go-round', the TaxPayers' Alliance said.
The campaign group also said many failed to turn up to board meetings.
The revelations will reignite controversy over the scale of the quango state. In 2010, the then Cabinet minister Francis Maude pledged a 'bonfire of the quangos'.
But six years on, quangos still offer more than 3,000 well-paid board positions.
At least 135 board members sat on more than one quango – a semi-independent official body run by unelected bureaucrats – while 15 sat on more than two, research by the TaxPayers' Alliance found.