Even in times of austerity it seems to be a boom time to be a public service consultant.
The table below is made from data taken from the Cabinet Office spend data website, and shows that in the first three months of 2013 the department that houses David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and Frances Maude spent over £10 million hiring consultants.
As is clear form the table, there is a significant spike in March, in which almost all the quarter’s consultancy spending occurred. Bizarrely, much of this went to the Home Office, as the Cabinet office spent £9,787,937 on services from their Whitehall neighbours.
The service procured is described as:
Redistribution of departmental contributions to the cost of Civil Service HR Expert Services.
Additionally, the Department for Communities and Local Government also supplied the Cabinet Office with consultancy services, totalling £78,300 for “MyCSP audit services”. MyCSP is the Civil Service Pensions service.