The table sets out the 10 consultancy firms that were paid the most by my Department in the last financial year.
The data complies with definitions on consultancy laid down by the Cabinet Office which excludes agency staff and interim (contingent) labour.
|Financial year 2013-14|
|Organisation||Total expenditure (excluding VAT) (£)|
|Local Partnership LLP1||150,918|
|Ove Arup and Partners||66,790|
|Amec Environment and Infrastructure||62,509|
|Ernest and Young LLP||20,000|
|Capgemini UK Plc||17,000|
|Grant Thornton UK LLP||8,815|
|Giant Professional Limited||6,400|
|Oakleigh Consulting Ltd||4,950|
|Land Use Consultants||1,345|
|1 Local Partnerships is a company that is jointly owned by HM Treasury and the Local Government Association; it provides commercial expertise on matters of infrastructure, legal and contractual complexity and acts for the benefit of the public sector.|
My Department has cut spending on consultancy from £36.6 million in 2009-10 to £0.5 million in 2013-14. This represents a saving of £36.1 million a year (2013-14 compared to 2009-10) and has been achieved through contract renegotiations, terminations and adherence to Cabinet Office controls on consultancy spending.
To put this in context, based on current estimates (which reflect accounting consequences from machinery of government changes) the DCLG Group is reducing its annual running costs by around 40% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2014-15. This equates to net savings of at least £532 million over this spending review period and includes savings of around £420 million from the closure of the Government offices for the regions.