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Whitehall spending on consultants rises
Published: 10:00AM GMT 22 Feb 2010
Whitehall spending on consultants rose last year despite Government efforts to cut costs in the face of record deficit levels.
At least seven Government departments increased the amount they spent on consultants during 2008-09, while the overall figure rose by £22.6 million compared to the previous year.
The Department for Children, Schools and families increased its spending on consultants and external expert advisers by 12.9%, from £62 million to £70 million, put down to ''several new or expanding programmes'' such as the ContactPoint database.