Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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CUTS TO CONSULTANTS

Northern Ireland slashes spending

The Northern Ireland government has slashed the amount it spends on external consultants by more than a third. Departments spent £15.6m on 772 external consultancy projects in 2010/11, a reduction of 39% on the previous year. The average cost of a consultancy project also fell by 19% to £21,000. The figures were in the fourth Annual compliance report on the use of external consultants 2010/11.

COUNCILS TO GET £11 3BN

Scots councils budget confirmed

Local government funding in Scotland has been confirmed at £11.5bn for 2012/13. This is made up of £10.9bn in revenue funding and £0.6bn in capital. In return, local authorities have agreed to continue the council tax freeze, maintain police and teacher numbers and focus on improving adult social care. Local government minister Derek Mackay said the government had worked constructively with councils. …

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