contracting out - the gravy train


This government is good for some. It is the biggest single buyer of management consultants' services. Their income from the public sector doubled last year to £1.3 billion. Ministers spend public money to hire private outside "experts" to tell public sector workers how to do their jobs.

Since 1997, this government has signed 570 PFI deals worth £36 billion. The chief executive of project management group Amec, for example, has benefited hugely from PFI: he got a 42% pay rise last year, taking his income to over £1 million. Amec's head of British and US operations got £426,000 for four months' work. Clearly, PFI is working.