Consultants

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 28th April 2014.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which 10 consultancy firms were paid the most by his Department in the last financial year; and how much each of those firms was paid.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

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
PricewaterhouseCoopers 108,516
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.

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