Jun 7, 2019

Brexit: Government spends £97m on consultants

Preparing for Brexit has cost the UK government £97m in consultancy fees, the National Audit Office has revealed. The money has been spent on hiring external experts because government departments lack the staff and skills needed, the NAO said. Under government guidelines, departments are supposed to publish details of such contracts within 90 days. A spokeswoman for the Management Consultancies Association said consultants had been "Proud to provide expert support to the government with its Brexit preparations during this critical time". She added: "Departments have faced an unprecedented volume of workload planning for all Brexit scenarios and using external resources has enabled the government to work quickly and with intensity on major programmes across the UK.".

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