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Use of Consultants

Meeting: 02/02/2022 - Resources Overview & Scrutiny Panel (Item 47)

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Minutes:

Following previous member requests, the report outlined the Council’s use of external consultants. There was no ongoing budget for consultants as the cost was met from the budget of whichever specific project that it related to.

 

The cost of recent consultants was shown as:-

 

Company

Activity

Cost (£’000)

Parking Matters

Car Park Strategy

20

Trade Risks

Advice on debt arrangement services – proposed loan to Your Housing company

16.5

FMG Consulting

Strategy and options for future leisure provision

12.5

Bloom Procurement Services (*)

Leisure consultancy prior to formal review

32

Link Asset Services

Due diligence review of Ascent

6.5

CIPFA Solutions

Review of potential facilities management arrangements with Keir

15

(*) Commissioned jointly with High Peak Borough Council

 

Further options to consider the impact of such expenditure were shown as:-

 

·         Reasons for use of external support;

·         Cost;

·         Work produced;

·         Benefits gained;

·         An assessment of value for money;

·         Lessons learned (if any).

 

Members expressed a wish to see the end result and value achieved by such exercises and highlighted examples where the outcomes had been less than favourable.

 

RESOLVED – That the Panel:-

 

·         NOTED the outlined process whereby consultants were procured;

·         NOTED the recent spend on consultancy services (and the issues related to any definition of “consultancy spend”);

·         Identify any specific areas of spend for further analysis.