Cornwall Council's spending on temporary staff and consultants has risen even further. This is Cornwall has revealed that the total in December and January was £6 million for just two months - equivalent to £70,000 per day for consultants and £27,500 per day for temporary staff - despite Council Leader Alec Robertson telling councillors a couple of months ago that the figure was £750,000 per month on non-contract staff.
Some spending on consultants and temp staff can be justified. There will be times when specific expertise will be needed but is not available within the Council workforce and it costs a relatively high daily rate to buy this in. We also need agency staff (temps) to cover for illness and other absences. But it does seem that Cornwall Council is making far too much use of very highly paid consultants. Devon County Council, for example, spent less than one sixth of the Cornwall amount over the same period.
Far from cutting the cost of agency staff and consultants as Cllr Robertson said when he gave out the £750,000 a month figure, it seems that Cornwall Council is actually splurging more money in this area. For the sake of Cornish taxpayers, it has got to stop.