Saturday, 24 January 2009

Happy Consulting.

Mr Smith isn't sure that Audit Scotland spending public money on external consultants is in the same league as other public bodies that should know better spending even more cash, but perhaps they should also be more careful about how they spend public money?

"SCOTLAND'S SPENDING watchdog is paying hundreds of thousands of pounds to consultants each year despite criticising other public bodies for the same practice. Audit Scotland last week published a damning report on the use of consultants across government, concluding that a lack of strategy and planning was costing taxpayers a fortune. After looking at how central government and 38 quangos (excluding itself) spent £114 million on consultants in 2006-07, it calculated £13m could have been saved by better management."

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