MCA warns arbitrary cuts in consultancy could leave government unable to reduce public sector debt

The Management Consultancies Association has warned that ministers’ plans to cut Whitehall spending on consultancy by half risks the government’s ability to reduce the public sector deficit.

Speaking after the publication of government document Putting the Frontline First: Smarter Government, Alan Leaman, Chief Executive of the Management Consultancies Association, said:
“Management consultancies will play a critical role over the next few years in helping the government to save money, improve front-line services and raise productivity. That’s why the private sector uses consultancy.
“It is perverse to announce an arbitrary reduction in consultancy without any analysis or explanation.  The Government could easily miss their other spending objectives if they rob themselves of the ability to use consultancy when it is appropriate and valuable to do so.”
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