STATES spending on consultants has almost doubled since the start of ministerial government.
Figures obtained by the JEP reveal how much ministers have spent on consultants, hotel accommodation and travel over the last two years. They also show what was spent before ministerial government began in December 2005.
The figures were obtained under the Code of Practice on Public Access to Official Information. The three-year spending on consultants’ fees and expenses topped £7.7m over the three-year period, while travel costs reached £2.7m — and £1.3m was spent on hotel accommodation.
Among the biggest spenders was Economic Development Minister Philip Ozouf, who took consultant spending from £272,000 under his predecessor to totals of £950,000 and £907,000 in 2007 and 2006 respectively.
Pictured: A consultant with EDAW outlines a strategy for St Helier at the Town Hall in 2007