Supplementary memorandum from the Department
Question 74 (Stephen Barclay): The cost of the
review by PA Consulting and arrangements for its publication
The total cost to the Department of the production
of the report by PA Consulting was £253,049. The Department
then provided a further £216,200 to PA Consulting to support
Cafcass in developing an effective plan for responding to the
issues identified in the report.
The report was commissioned to serve as policy advice
to the Accounting Officer. The previous government intended to
publish the report after Cafcass had prepared their action plan
in response. Arrangements for whether, and how, publication will
now happen have yet to be decided by the coalition government,
but a decision is expected shortly.