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BIRMINGHAM CONSULTANTS 'WILL BRING ADDED VALUE'

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Birmingham City Council's transport department has responded to criticism of its decision to call in consultants at...
Birmingham City Council's transport department has responded to criticism of its decision to call in consultants at a cost of£1m.

In an article for The Birmingham Post (p13), David Pywell, director of transportation, says the city will enjoy massive investment over the next few years, with over£1bn of development in the city centre alone.

'The city council must ensure that these developments progress efficiently, bringing the city much needed economic regeneration and, in turn, job opportunities and an improved environment,' he writes.

'All of these positive developments bring additional work to the transportation department on top of an already heavy base workload. In this situation any organisation would need to decide whether to increase its internal staff levels or engage external organisations with the necessary skills and experience to help deliver services.'

He says the employment of consultants and contractors to deliver public services has a long tradition and, over the past 20 years, has been supported by legislation.

'There is nothing unusual in Birmingham employing consultants to undertake specific pieces of technical work. The consultants are not management consultants or personnel gurus.'

He adds: 'In appointing the consultants we will be looking to establish partnership-working which will bring added value to the city council and the services we provide.'

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