Harrow Borough Council has spent more than £4m on consultants in just over two years a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Harrow Times report:

A councillor is “appalled” that Harrow Borough Council has spent more than £4 million on consultants in just over two years, while vital services and community groups faced cuts.

Figures obtained by Councillor James Bond show rises each year as the authority spent £1.4 million in 2010/2011, £1.75 million in 2011/2012 and almost £1 million in the first five months of the current financial year.

The largest amounts this year were chalked up by the council’s children’s services department, which spent £357,126 and the community and environment department, with £293,562.

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