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Question for Cabinet Office

UIN 214979, tabled on 18 November 2014

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any (a) external contractors and (b) consultancy companies engaged by his Department have charged more than the initial price agreed for their services since May 2010.

Answered on

25 November 2014

Our tough spending controls have helped ensure substantial reductions in central Government spend on consultancy. Our 2013/14 spend was £316 million - an astonishing 74% reduction on spend in 2009/10 in the last year of the previous Government.

Since the 2010 General Election, all use of contractors, consultants and temporary interims in my department has to go through an internal Cabinet Office approvals process which also scrutinises material cost changes to existing contracts. This was not the case under previous administrations.

As part of this Government's transparency programme, we publish spend data over £25,000 and contracts over £10,000 on and Contracts Finder.

Suppliers are required to submit a fixed fee for work and a breakdown of total costs to ensure that day rates and number of days are transparent and reasonable. Changes to requirements are agreed via a formal contract variation.

Answered by

Cabinet Office