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Departmental Consultants

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the purpose and function of the McKinsey consultancy services provided to her Department was in relation to the Communities High Level Seminar; and into which categories the £407,000 of expenditure on the consultancy work fell. (262378)

McKinsey and Company was commissioned in June 2007, following competitive tender, to help implement the new local performance framework.

In a first phase of work, they helped: assess opportunities and challenges created by the new framework; identify where to prioritise work to ensure successful delivery; and engage senior leaders (in part through a two-day high-level seminar). Fees for this phase were £125,000 (excluding VAT) or £147,000 (including VAT).

They were subsequently commissioned to carry out a second phase of work, in which they helped: review and strengthen the cross-government programme to implement the framework, including new local area agreements; establish a cross-government Leadership Coalition to lead reform: and provide input into the Government publication ‘An introduction to the local performance framework—delivering better outcomes for local people’. Fees for this phase were £240,000 (excluding VAT) or £282,000 (including VAT).