Two councils are bringing in costly consultants – to help them save money. Oldham and Rochdale councils have already spent £39,000 with top consultancy firm Ernst and Young as they plan to merge services.
They could now spend millions more as they look into joining ALL service areas to save cash against the backdrop of government funding cuts.
Ernst and Young have been in for six weeks so far to look at the books as part of preparatory work to see where collaborations can work. The councils have split the cost of the exercise. Experts say a three-year contract is likely to cost several million pounds.
Rochdale MP, Simon Danczuk, said: "We all want to see councils achieve better value for money. "But if you look after the pennies the pounds will take care of themselves.
"It is far too easy to reach out for a chequebook and call in the consultants when, in fact, difficult transformation is achieved better by building internally and embedding change as you go rather than getting an expensive ‘off the shelf’ consultant’s solution. "
My comment: Sensible MP, not fit for purpose Councils. In 2008 Oldham paid a designer £100,000 to come up with a new logo. No doubt if they merge with Rochdale they will spend another £100,000 on yet another rebranding exercise.
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