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COUNCIL COUNTS THE COST OF CONSULTANTS

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Carmarthenshire CC spent£190,000 last year on external consultants. ...
Carmarthenshire CC spent£190,000 last year on external consultants.

A report to the council's resources scrutiny committee shows that management consultants were employed on 12 short-term projects. Consultants provided skills and expertise for reviews of staffing structures and services and strategy development.

Work undertaken by these consultants resulted in savings to the council. At least£125,000 was saved on print costs and savings worth£100,000 were identified for school catering.

The report was requested by resources committee chair, Denley Owen. 'The resources scrutiny committee has a crucial role to play in making sure the council is using its limited resources to best effect. That is why the committee has asked for this report.'

Resources director Roger Jones commented, 'The council only uses external consultants when the skills, expertise, or, resources are not immediately available within the organisation to undertake the work required.' He added: 'The£190,000 spent on consultants last year resulted in identified savings of at least£225,000 per annum. This means that the financial benefits to the council are potentially far in excess of the cost of employing these consultants.'

The report will be discussed at the resources scrutiny committee on 8 July.

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