Defence ministry doubled its spending on outside consultancy since last year

Defence ministry doubled its spending on outside consultancy since last year, splashing out an additional £135million

Defence spending on outside consultants more than doubled to £245million last year, figures show.

Despite cutting back on frontline forces, the department has spent as much on experts since 2020 as it would cost to build a frigate.

The figure is up from £110million in 2020-21 – an increase of £135million in a year, according to the department’s accounts. 

The cost of temporary staff also skyrocketed by more than £60million in the past year, according to MoD accounts.

Senior Tory MP Sir John Redwood (above) said: ‘We’ve got to be very careful not to spend all our money on management consultants and not enough on the frontline

Senior Tory MP Sir John Redwood (above) said: ‘We’ve got to be very careful not to spend all our money on management consultants and not enough on the frontline

Last year Labour published a ‘dossier’ of waste in the MoD, which claimed the department had wasted at least £13billion in taxpayers’ money since 2010. Examples of waste included overspent procurements, write-offs, contract cancellations, unplanned extensions and admin errors

Last year Labour published a ‘dossier’ of waste in the MoD, which claimed the department had wasted at least £13billion in taxpayers’ money since 2010. Examples of waste included overspent procurements, write-offs, contract cancellations, unplanned extensions and admin errors

Yet spending on service personnel has dropped by £120million in the past year to £10.39billion. And 10,000 Army troops are to be cut by 2025.

Senior Tory MP Sir John Redwood said: ‘We’ve got to be very careful not to spend all our money on management consultants and not enough on the frontline – I just hope they got value for money.’

An MoD spokesman said: ‘The MoD uses consultancy services when external expertise is essential – which can include matters of national security – or provides better value for taxpayers’ money.’

‘This spending is subject to rigorous scrutiny before approval.’

Last year Labour published a ‘dossier’ of waste in the MoD, which claimed the department had wasted at least £13billion in taxpayers’ money since 2010. 

Examples of waste included overspent procurements, write-offs, contract cancellations, unplanned extensions and admin errors. 

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