London’s Haringey Council have spent £40m on agency staff and consultants since 2010 a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Opposition Liberal Democrats have criticised the payments saying they are a waste of money.

Haringey Independent report:

Opposition councillors have hit out at Haringey Borough Council for allegedly spending more than £40m on agency staff and consultants.

According to figures from a Freedom of Information request, the council has spent £38m on temporary agency staff and a further £1.6m on consultants since 2010.

Between 2010 and 2012 more than 6,000 people were hired on temporary contracts, with 500 employed for longer than 12 months.

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