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CONSULTANTS: NO MORE NASTY SURPRISES

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A statement of best practice to govern deals between management consultants and government departments could be ext...
A statement of best practice to govern deals between management consultants and government departments could be extended to local government.

Financial secretary to the Treasury Stephen Timms, speaking at the document's launch this week, called it 'a clear expression of how client departments and consultants should work together to achieve a mutually beneficial relationship and outcome'.

He referred to 'nasty surprises' in construction and IT 'which, quite frankly, have simply gone wrong'.

The Management Consultancies Association, the Institute of Management Consultancy and the Treasury's procurement group drew up the statement.

MCA deputy director Will White said the problems facing government departments seeking advice are similar to those facing local government.

'The intention of the exercise was always to roll out the best practice statement to local government, government agencies and the privatised utilities,' he said.

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