Dear Northamptonshire County Council,
I am interested to know how much is being spent on external consultants for the adults and children's services to date since January 2017 to today.
Please can I have the names of the Consultant organisations and the spend per annum to include department names and head of services who requested their services.
Can I also have the details of any consultants intended to be used this year for the same departments.
Dear Mr Adebayo,
Thank you for your email.
Information matching the criteria and parameters of your request is not
centrally held and recorded by NCC. Procurement do not hold information on
the engagement of individual consultants as these engagements are normally
dealt with directly by service managers.
Unfortunately, I have estimated that the time it will take to contact each
individual service area to ascertain if consultants have been engaged
since January 2017 will exceed the fee limit as set out in the Appropriate
Limit and Fees Regulations. Therefore, the Council is not obliged to
provide a response and I will not be processing your request further. For
information purposes, the fee limit set down by the Regulations is £450.00
and in our case this equates to a maximum of 18 hours’ of search and
In accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this
letter acts as a refusal to release the information you have requested.
Section 12-Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit
(1) Section 1 (1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a
request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of
complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.
We have included the link to information available on our website that
provides data on all Council spend above £500, and specifically
categorises consultancy. It would take longer than 18 hours for us to
provide the level of detail requested on all expenditure classed under
consultancy on the over £500 spend spreadsheets since January 2017, please
see above for full details of the fees limit refusal.
Please see the link below:
Freedom of Information/Data Protection Team
Business Intelligence and Project Management
Northamptonshire County Council
Tel: 01604 368360