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NCC Fork Out £900k on ex-CEO's Consultancy Firm

Friday, March 23, 2018

GMB REVEALS CASH-STRAPPED NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNCIL FORKED OUT £900,000 TO CONSULTANCY OWNED BY FORMER CEO

For Northamptonshire County Council to splurge almost £1million on consultancy while people are losing their jobs and services are being cut is particularly sickening says GMB.

An investigation by GMB, Britain’s general union, has revealed cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) forked out a whopping £900,000 to a consultancy owned by former CEO Damon Lawrenson.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) Request by the union shows the authority paid out

£931,364 to DDL Consultancy during just five financial years. [1]

Meanwhile NCC has been forced to ban all new spending to balance its budget for this year, while auditor KPMG then issued a legal warning that led to the council re-working its budget for 2018-19 to make £40m worth of cuts. [2]

Yesterday the council announced Mr Lawrenson would leave his post as Chief Executive ‘by mutual consent’ after just five months in the job. [3]

Mr Lawrenson was appointed in November and a separate FOI by GMB shows no other candidates were shortlisted or even considered for the role of interim CEO. [4]

Rachelle Wilkins, GMB Organiser, said:  

“For Northamptonshire County Council to splurge almost £1million on consultancy while people are losing their jobs and services are being cut is a real kick in the teeth.

“And what makes it worse is this cash was paid to a company owned by Damon Lawrenson – who has already trousered north of £1,000 a day during his five months as stand-in CEO.

“NCC’s bankruptcy was cooked in up Whitehall by the Conservative’s failed austerity agenda.

“But the staggering financial incompetence of the Tory council has made a bad situation much, much worse.

“Under the Conservatives our public services have been weakened, conditions for the workforce have deteriorated meanwhile fat cats like Damon Lawrenson have got richer.”       

ENDS

Contact:  GMB Press Office on 07958 156846  or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] Contact GMB Press office for copy of FOI

[2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-40610349

[3] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-43491975

[4] Contact GMB Press office for copy of FOI

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