Thursday, 8 January 2015

COUNCIL’S £1m CONSULTANCY BOMBSHELL


Wrecsam Council’s decision to spend £1m on consultants PriceWaterhouseCooper to cut services has been branded “perverse” by Plaid Cymru candidate Carrie Harper. 

The shock news that a contract was signed back in July 2014 to do the work comes at a time when the council is trying to save millions by cutting services and staff.

Carrie Harper, Plaid Cymru’s parliamentary candidate for Wrecsam, said: 
“We know what consultants do - just a year ago, the Labour-run council spent £52,000 on consultants to be told that Plas Madoc Leisure Centre should be closed. Consultants come in to do a hatchet job and are often used by councillors and senior officers as a cover for making unpopular decisions. We pay senior officers on the council very good wages to make difficult decisions and now we’re being told the expertise isn’t there. It’s not a great advert for the council.
 “We all realise that the council, like all other councils in Wales, is having to make savings. What many Wrecsam people will find hard to stomach is that an extra £1m in savings will have to be found just to pay for consultants to state the obvious. It’s a perverse way to try to save money.
 “It’s not really a surprise that the previous Labour administration was so keen on signing the contract. After all, Labour on a UK level is also very fond of PriceWaterhouseCooper and the firm has even seconded staff to work for free in the office of Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls and other senior Labour politicians. To have private consultants shaping a party’s policies so blatantly is very unhealthy and begs questions about who is really running Labour."
 Plaid Cymru understands that six PWC members have been working in the Guildhall over the past few months and will be presenting their findings to the council later this month.


4 comments:

Stuart Lloyd said...

Such a great article... WHO can disagree that it IS indeed perverse to PAY an organisation ANY money (let alone SO MUCH money!) to say that it's OK to save money here and SAVE money there? I can only presume that 'CONSULTANCY' fees are high up on the list of 'costs' to be best reduced? (Afterall, it's probably likely that the people of Wrexham would undoubtedly have better ideas on what to spend such HUGE sums of money? ;)

Stuart Lloyd said...

This is indeed 'perverse'? WHO can argue that ANY money spent on telling an organisation where to save money is right, let alone £1 million? (I'm looking forward to reading it, because, presumably, the amount spent on 'consultancy fees' must figure prominently in such a report)? Do the people of Wrexham have any other ideas of how this money could be spent? WHO is it that genuinely believes that these people based in London are better placed to make these decisions (over and above those people that live and work here)? ...Apparently, those good people who propose to represent us and have OUR best interests at heart! ;)

Anonymous said...

"I despair" says Ian Lucas of the council's use of consultants. So why didn't he say the same thing back in July. Oh, it was a Labour-run council then.

Stuart Lloyd said...

To spend money so flippantly is disrespectful to those people they purport to represent: it is indeed 'perverse'. WHO can disagree that spending ANY money spent on telling an organisation how to save money is RIGHT? (Let alone £1 million)? Presumably, MORE cuts to OUR services will HAVE to be made to help pay this one million pound fee? I can't deny, that part of me's looking forward to reading it though because, presumably, the amount spent on 'consultancy fees' must figure prominently in such a report on where savings can be made? Do the people of Wrexham have any other ideas of how this money could be spent? WHO is it that genuinely believes that these people based in London are better placed to make these decisions (over and above those people that live and work here)? ...Apparently, those good people who propose to represent us and have OUR best interests at heart! ;)