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.