Will Forster

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Surrey County Council’s consultancy bill doubles in a year

by willforster on 12 December, 2017

Surrey County Council has admitted it’s spending on consultants has more than doubled from the previous year.

The Council revealed that spending on consultants rose from £305,000 in 2015/16 to £663,420 in 2016/17 – a staggering rise of 118%.  The maximum day rate paid was a shocking £1,800 per day – meaning that at least one consultant working for the Conservative administration was earning the equivalent of £468,000 a year.

At a time when the County Council is under extreme financial pressure and cutting vital services, spending on consultants should not be going up and certainly not by 118%.  The ruling Tories cannot on the one hand say they have been forced to cut services because there is a lack of funding and at the same time double spending in areas such as this.

I think the use of consultants needs to be brought under control and scrutinised to assess whether this expenditure is really necessary.  My Lib Dem colleagues and I want the County Council to dramatically reduce its spending in this area and instead focus on providing value for money for Surrey residents whilst reducing unnecessary costs.

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