Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Stoke-on-Trent city council's £365K Bill to save just £600K

A COUNCIL has been criticised after spending £365,000 to hire a cost-cutting firm – to identify £600,000 worth of savings.

It was brought in to look at key services, including housing maintenance and council tax collection, to try to make them more efficient.

Vanguard Consulting have been paid just over £1,000 a day by Stoke-on-Trent city council and in under a year raked in £365,400, with an additional expenses bill of £17,884.

My comment: The councillors and senior staff who approved this consultancy should be removed because they are clearly not fit for purpose. Did none of them think to agree a conditional fee based on the amount of money saved? It's not bloody rocket science. 

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