Cabinet Office spends £24 million on Brexit help from private consultancies in just two months - People's Vote

Cabinet Office spends £24 million on Brexit help from private consultancies in just two months

New figures show that the Cabinet Office spent over £24 million on a combination of Brexit consultancy and communications in just two months. A total of £24,146,417.61 was forked out in April and May, a total of 85 payments to 9 firms, as civil servants scramble to prepare the UK for the growing prospect of a disastrous No Deal.  

Researchers from the People’s Vote Campaign looked only at Cabinet Office Spending in April and May which was marked as either part of its “GOV COMMS EU EXIT PROG” or it’s “CENTRAL EU EXIT CONSULTANCY (PROG).” One payment was excluded because it was made to another government department – the department for business, energy and industrial strategy.

The biggest beneficiaries were Manning Gottlieb, the UK arm of global media communications agency OMD. They received more than £6.7 million as part of the Government Brexit communications programme. Media agencies Wavemaker and Engine Partners UK were also hired to conduct communications on behalf of the government.

Outside of communications, the big winners were the Deloitte who made £5.3 million in fees from Brexit related consultancy work, and PA Consulting, who made £3.5 million out of the same programme. Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group and Mott Macdonald also did consultancy work for the Cabinet Office in April.

Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“As the Brexit crisis drags on, the amount of taxpayers’ money being thrown away is increasing by the day. This means tens of millions of pounds that could have been spent on vital public services like the NHS, policing or education is instead being wasted on preparing for a disastrous No Deal which is not supported by either Parliament or the public. 

“Consultancies are having an absolute field day with Brexit. The Government is throwing good money after bad in a desperate attempt to mitigate the damaging impact Brexit is already having on our country.

“Rather than wasting millions on preparing for a No Deal outcome hardly anyone wants, the Government should instead be giving the public the final say on Brexit. That’s the only way to deliver a stable and lasting conclusion to this crisis.” 

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Notes to Editors

Total: £24,146,417.61

 

Consulting Total: £16,535,526.00

 

Communications Total: £7,610,891.61

 

April Total: £10,421,647.54

 

May Total: £13,724,770.07

 

By Firm:

 

Firm

Amount

MANNING GOTTLIEB OMD

£6,730,939

Deloitte

£5,311,981

PA CONSULTING GROUP

£3,518,558

PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS

£3,196,110

THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP

£2,275,120

BAIN & COMPANY INC

£920,000

Ernst and Young

£874,196

ENGINE PARTNERS UK LLP

£606,396

MOTT MACDONALD

£439,561

WAVEMAKER LTD

£273,557

Total

£24,146,418

 

Source for Cabinet Office Spending April: LINK

Source for Cabinet Office Spending May: LINK