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Maskey welcomes consultancy cost reductions but still more work to be done

8 February, 2012 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster


Sinn Féin MLA Paul Maskey has welcomed the survey by the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) that has revealed the amount of money spent on consultants has been substantially reduced.

The Sinn Féin MLA who is also the Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was speaking prior to a meeting of the PAC:

“I welcome this report as a step in the right direction. A lot of hard work has been done by the Public Accounts Committee and a report we submitted to the DFP making recommendations has obviously been taken on-board.

“We are still taking this issue very seriously and are starting another inquiry today. The PAC will have the Permanent Secretary of the DFP at the committee meeting today and will be raising these issues to find out what other progress can be made.

“A lot of this consultancy work can and should be done in-house – by civil servants, as this would further reduce the costs. The DFP should do a trawl throughout the civil service to ensure that the consultancy skills are available in the departments.”

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