As part of government’s preparations for the UK to leave the European Union, departments have used consultants to fill specific skills gaps and meet immediate staffing needs, for example to provide programme and project management support. Each department is responsible for deciding whether to use consultants and how to use them. The Cabinet Office is responsible, however, for improving the efficiency of all spending on consultancy across government and has an approval process for any contracts above certain limits. In April 2018, the Cabinet Office set up a central call-off arrangement to help departments access consultancy services to support their preparations for Brexit. The Cabinet Office analyses overall government spending on consultancy services as part of its broader role of helping to improve the efficiency of the use of these services.
Published: 12 September 2019