Council expenditure on Consultants – 2016/17 (A note from John Sprackling)

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It was reported to the Cabinet on 13 June 2017, that the Council has paid 35 firms (29 firms in 2015/16) on individuals in excess of the £10,000 business case threshold. The report simply named the consultants involved with no further data, apart the table at the foot of this note.

The Portfolio Holder responsible for the report made no comment about it nor did any of the other Cabinet members have any questions either.

This issue has been a subject of concern to residents over many years with significant sums being spent on Consultant’s reports which have simply ‘gathered dust’. The Council set up A ‘Use of Consultants Working Group’ during 2009 ​and after that the Council reduced its use of consultants in the period between 2010/11 and 2012/13 to a low point of £1,202,000.

​However, it was decided that a ‘Use of Consultants’ report would form part of the Annual Outturn report to Cabinet and since that change the trend has resumed its upwards trajectory with expenditure incurred in 2016/17 of £2,468,000.

I lodged a Freedom of Information to request a breakdown of £2,468m and this is attached.

Perhaps members of the Association may wish to comment on this?

John Sprackling

President Elect BPCCR

Description Revenue

Projects

£000’s

Capital

Schemes

Non

Schools

£000’s

Capital

Schemes

School

Projects

£000’s

Total

£000’s

Highway, Engineering, Property

& Environmental

207 903 553 1663
ICT Related 105 113 0 218
Miscellaneous Revenue (Expenditure on consultants within revenue budgets covers a diverse range of projects, for example, School Improvement, Engineering Works, Grant Funded activities ,eg Wessex Five Museums Project, the Library Book fundmanagement system, Tree Protection Orders (TPO) planning advice, Financial Treasury management advice, Adult Safeguarding, GISManagement, Land Valuations where additional expertise or capacity is required.) 554 0 0 554
Miscellaneous Capital (Miscellaneous consultants (non schools capital) include professionalsupport for specific initiatives, for example,Figbury Lodge Redevelopment,Gravel Hill Road Improvements, Town Centre Regeneration, Sea MusicStatue & Hatchpond Salt Barn) 0 13 20 33
Total 2016/17 866 1029 573 2,468
Total 2015/16 819 931 177 1,927
Total 2014/15 776 330 714 1,820

 

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  • Mouchel Parkman Services Ltd
  • WS Atkins (Services) Ltd
  • Nursery School Providers
  • Kendall Kingscott
  • Faithful & Gould
  • Dorset County Council
  • Careworks (Uk) Ltd
  • Wilkinson Eyre Architects Ltd
  • Valuation Office Agency Administration
  • Panoramic Associates
  • Gatenby Sanderson Ltd
  • Capita Property & Infrastructure Ltd
  • Deloitte Llp
  • IESE Transformation Ltd
  • Jubilee Computing Ltd
  • Firmstep
  • Coa Solutions Ltd
  • Talbot Primary School
  • JNplanning
  • Val Williams
  • Geo Environmental
  • Tree Call Consulting
  • Number 10 Interim Ltd
  • Jane Kaufmann Associates
  • Arlingclose Ltd
  • Jones Lang Lasalle Ltd
  • Idox Software
  • Streetmellor
  • Tribal Education Ltd
  • Cast Fundraising & Marketing Ltd
  • GVA Grimley Ltd
  • Baltimore Consulting Group
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Gleeds Advisory Ltd
  • EIBS Ltd