Yorkshire councils spend £72m on consultants in five years

A former minister has called for the establishment of a new financial committee to oversee council expenditure after figures showed local authorities in Yorkshire had spent millions on outside experts.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint, who sits on the Public Accounts Committee, said a body should be established to monitor spending after figures obtained by The Yorkshire Post showed more than £72m was spent in consultancy fees councils in the region over the last five years.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/yorkshire-councils-spend-72m-on-consultants-in-five-years-1-8420315

Doncaster Council spent £20m on consultancy fees over five years, new figures reveal

One of the borough’s MPs has called for the establishment of a new financial committee to oversee council expenditure, as it was revealed Doncaster Council has spent £20million on outside experts over the last five years.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint, who sits on the Public Accounts Committee, said a body should be established to monitor spending on consultancy fees.

New figures revealed how Doncaster had the highest spend on consultancy in Yorkshire at £20,986,000, followed by York with £11,201,951 and Hull with £7,393,190.

Read on… http://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/doncaster-council-spent-20m-on-consultancy-fees-over-five-years-new-figures-reveal-1-8421337

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7 Responses to Yorkshire councils spend £72m on consultants in five years

  1. Loudmouth says:

    Wow with all the councils complaining about spending cuts, it’s took this goomless MP years to realise, a by product of the New Labour years, was the use of consultants and special advisors. Well paid jobs for the elites and friends hey!,

  2. pleasant says:

    What are the figures for Rotherham and Sheffield? What were the consultants used for? Who requested the consultants and who authorised their use? Are there any links between the consultants and any possible mutual back-scratching friends in the local authorities, for example, being in the same club so they they share a common purpose? Are we blatantly having our wealth sucked out of us until we are bled dry?

  3. Shadrack says:

    Rotherham council are putting up our council tax by 4.99% because they can’t manage to balance the books to pay for social care. Here are just a few tips Mr Read, Hoddinott and co
    1. Draw on your reserves in oversea banks ( remember Iceland ) and other financial institutions about £3.5 million at last reckoning.
    2. Uncollected Council tax 2015 / 2016 over £2 million ( why not chase the ones who don’t pay not penalise the ones who do )
    3. Stop spending 100’s of thousands of pounds on one area of Rotherham if they can’t or won’t work and pay their way send them home which the rules say we can ( It’s nothing to do with hearts and minds Miss Hoddinott ) it’s about integrating, joining in and looking after the environment you live in not throwing kidness back in our faces
    4. As the article above shows stop spending millions on consultancy fees to tell us what the ordinary man / woman in the streets could already tell you.

  4. Colin Tawn says:

    If you think carefully Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield councils are controlled by Labour councillors who in the main have poor financial literacy. As a consequence they spend our money on consultants-who are highly paid-who tell them how to spend more of our money in different ways and in different areas.
    There is a pattern to this in Rotherham; Cut School crossings patrols, refuse to pass on the grants to parish councils and cut the social welfare budgets to name a few but spend money on consultants so the Grand Plan for Rotherham can be presented as We Are Doing Things For Your Benefit. Including spending large sums of money.

  5. Colin Tawn says:

    @pleasant
    ‘Why not employ people who know what they are doing ………..?’

    The voters elect these people.
    Does that tell us a lot about the electorate’s knowledge and understanding of local government finances or is it rather like CSE; We know it happens but we don’t talk about it?

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