Gordon Brown looks to halve consultancy spend
Public sector must spend half a billion pounds less on consultancy and marketing, outlines prime minister
Whitehall spending on consultants will be halved, contributing to a half a
billion pound saving, according to Gordon Brown.
In announcing £3bn in public sector efficiency savings, brown said that
spending on consultants and marketing would be halved and quartered respectively
– amounting to a £650m saving.
Government speech, delivered at the Royal Society, included details
of an extra £3bn of public sector efficiency savings, beyond the extra £12bn in
efficiencies announced in the Budget.
“The next stage of public service reform will be characterised by a radical
shift of power to the users of public services, all users, not just those who
are wealthy and powerful, not just those who have the resources to make the best
of what government offers them. Power will shift to everyone who needs to use
our public services,” said Brown.