Profligate, cost-cutting council …

No (not yet) EDDC but Hounslow:

“Hounslow Council has spent more than £25million of taxpayers’ money employing external consultants to advise it over the past three-and-a-half years.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by the BBC Local Democracy Reporting Service shows the council spent £25,018,721 on consultant fees between the start of 2015 and the most up to date available in 2018.

The biggest area of spend was in consultancy on business matters which was £12,103,360 over the period, equating to more than £3million each year.

The second highest area of spend was £7,777,769 on property consultancy.

To put the figure in context, the council’s total spend for the 2018/2019 financial year will be £139million, whereas in 2014/2015 financial year it was £182.7m. …”