Plundering the Public Sector: How New Labour are Letting Consultants Run off with GBP70 Billion of Our Money

Plundering the Public Sector: How New Labour are Letting Consultants Run off with GBP70 Billion of Our Money

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By (author) David Craig, By (author) Richard Brooks

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  • Publisher: Constable
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 150mm x 30mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 10 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845293746
  • ISBN 13: 9781845293741
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 659,470

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In their crusade to modernise public services, New Labour are giving vast amounts of taxpayers' money to management and IT systems consultants. They are everywhere - the Inland Revenue, MoD, Education Department, NHS and Downing Street. But are these management wizards giving us schools and hospitals that will be the envy of the world, or are they just siphoning off billions that should have been spent on the frontline services? And the biggest and most expensive consulting catastrophe of them all may still be yet to come - up to GBP 30 billion taken out of patient care to pay for the new NHS computer system. Isn't it time to ask how our money is really being spent?

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David Craig has been a consultant for twenty years, working for and competing against some of the world's best and worst management consultants. His book Rip-off!: The scandalous inside story of the management consulting money machine was a business bestseller. Richard Brooks spent fifteen years as a Career Civil Servant before joining Private Eye as a journalist.

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Gordon Brown and Tony Blair should invite Craig into Whitehall to reveal the many ingenious ways taxpayers are being compelled to provide welfare for the wealthy. Nick Cohen, Observer