Consulting’s role in local and central government

The use of consulting services by local and central government was examined as part of a BBC2 current affairs documentary broadcast this evening (18/10/16). Responding to the programme, Alan Leaman, Chief Executive of the MCA, said:

“Management consulting firms are playing a vital role in helping our public sector both reduce its costs and improve its services for citizens. This is particularly important at a time when money is tight and much of the sector is grappling with the opportunities of digital and other challenges. Many of the most exciting, innovative and cost-effective public sector projects in recent years have been delivered with the help of highly-skilled and expert UK consultants.

But the documentary also raised questions that, justified or not, concern the public. That is one of the reasons why all MCA member firms have recently created and launched our Consulting Excellence scheme which commits consulting firms to the highest standards of ethical behaviour, client service and value, and professional development.

As an industry body we support greater transparency and welcome public scrutiny. Consulting Excellence is the hallmark of quality, and marks a step change in our approach. It has been warmly welcomed by many client organisations and by government.”

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