Policy & Resources Cabinet Member – Minutes – 25 November 2013

91 (31) CONSULTANCY USAGE: QUARTER 2 2013/2014 – The Director of Policy and Resources submitted a report to advise on the consultancy usage for the second quarter of 2013/2014, to highlight the consultancy usage to support major projects within North Lincolnshire and to advise on the overall effectiveness.

The protocol for managing consultancy expenditure was introduced as part of a package of cost management measures in 2011. The protocol required directorates to report their use of consultants on a quarterly basis.  Following the introduction of the protocol, the council had benefited from a significant reduction in consultancy spend in the region of £708,288 in 2012/13. 

The Director of Policy and Resources confirmed that following extensive consultation with all services, the report set out a summary of consultancy usage for quarter two 2013/2014, details of which were presented in Appendix A to the report. Services engaging consultants reported that overall they had been satisfied with performance and effectiveness.

The report also detailed the projected consultancy spend for Quarter 3 as provided by directorates.

Resolved – That the findings set out in the report for quarter two 2013/2014 be noted.

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