PracticeConsultingCentral government pays consultants £1.7bn

Central government pays consultants £1.7bn

Lib Dems brand the government as "consultaholics"

Central government has spent £1.7bn on consultants in the past six years,
with Accenture, Deloitte and PwC the recipients of the vast majority of the
fees.

The DwP and Department of Health were the biggest users of consultants,
paying them more than £1bn since April 2004.

The three firms charged the taxpayer £1.4bn over the period, according to
data compiled by the Lib Dems of parliamentary answers.

Lib Dem Treasury spokesman said the figures showed the government was ”
consultaholics”, reported the
FT.

All three of the major parties have outlined cuts to consultancy costs as
part of lowering public spending.

Further reading:

Central
government: the axe man cometh

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