Council’s £6,734 bill for consultants

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A COUNCIL has paid a consultant more than £2,500 for three days work advising managers about income generation.

West Lindsey District Council paid the consultant £2,625 to spent three days advising the core management team about “identifying and developing future opportunities with regards to income generation for the council”.

The figures - which came to light after an Freedom of Information request by the Rasen Mail – also revealed a total of four consultants worked for the council between December 2010 and December 2011, costing the taxpayer £6,734.

WLDC’s financial services manager Russell Stone said: “The payments reported are for consultants commissioned by the council for work that is additional to the normal operational activities.

“Interim and agency costs are incurred where normal vacancies arise or where irregular recurring operations such as major capital schemes or specific statutory obligations mean the permanent recruitment and retention of appropriate staff would not be a good use of public money.”