Dear Fife Council,
I am writing to request information on the council's total spend with external consultants over the last 5 years, with a breakdown of companies used if possible.
Dear Darren Wallace,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 â€“ REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
Thank you for your information request received on 08/05/2018, our ref: 21933. This is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
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Dear Darren Wallace,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
I refer to your email dated and received 08/05/2018, our ref 21933.
I am pleased to enclose the information you requested and trust that it
meets your requirements.
Please find attached a spreadsheet showing the total Consultancy costs for
the last 5 financial years.
Please also find attached a breakdown of suppliers for financial year
2017/18. This breakdown is available as we previously carried out an
exercise to collate this information, so it was already held. We are
unable to provide you with the 4 further financial years, as by doing so
would breach the cost exemption. To collate the list of suppliers you
have requested, we would have to manually search through all invoices
received. We estimate that we would have to check approx. 1200 invoices
per financial year, which would take approx. 10 minutes each invoice.
This task would breach the cost exemption, therefore this part of your
request is being refused under Section12 Excessive Cost of Compliance.
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