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£241K Spent on Consultants

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£241,746 SPENT ON PRIVATE CONSULTANCY FIRMS BY NEWPORT COUNCIL


Concerns have been raised over claims Newport Council has spent £241,746 on private consultancy firms from 2017/18. This was an increase of £43,357 on the year before. £135,068 was spent on Social Care Consultants, £25,672 on Planning Consultants and £7,000 on I.T.

The data was revealed after a Freedom of Information request (FOI) was submitted by the Newport Conservative Group.






Newport Conservative Group Leader Cllr Matthew Evans said “I recognise the need for the Council to sometimes employ outside consultants but to see this rise of 28% is concerning. The fact that £135,068 was spent on social care consultants alone is alarming. Particularly when the Council closed public toilets to save twenty thousand pounds and are introducing car parking charges in Belle Vue Park to make a few quid. “

St.Julians Conservative Activist Michael Enea said “I’m aware that in 2016 the Vale of Glamorgan Council spent just £875 on private consultants whereas Newport Council spent almost £1/4 million last year? Times have changed in the last 5 years and they should’ve been cutting back to the bare bones on private consultants. They’re still running with one more elected Cabinet Member than they did back in 2012. Not good.”



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Newport mother Marie Jermyn (also from St.Julians) said “I visit the Glebelands Park quite often as do many residents in the area. This park has many fields which are used by local rugby and football teams. Will they all have to pay to park? I think this is a really, really bad move.”



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