Welsh public bodies cannot prove value for money for spending on consultants
WELSH public bodies cannot prove they are getting value for money when it comes to how they spend public cash on consultancy services, according a Welsh Audit Office (WAO) report.
However, the Auditor General for Wales report said authorities were spending less money on these services.
Public bodies spent £133 million on consultants in 2010/11, £40 million less than in 2007/08. All sectors — local government, health and the Welsh Government — recorded significant drops.
But despite these reductions very few public bodies were able to demonstrate that their expenditure represented good value for money, the report said.
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Huw Vaughan Thomas, said: "Consultants can be a great help to public bodies in offering specialist advice to help deliver new services and initiatives quickly, but there are risks if they are not managed effectively.
"Although expenditure on consultants has reduced since 2007/08, public bodies need to adopt the good practice identified in this report to improve value for money and deliver efficiency savings."