Edinburgh City Council advisors cost £8.2 million

Edinburgh City Council has spent more than any other local authority on external consultants, it was reported today.

Figures released under Freedom of Information show Edinburgh spent £8.2 million on advisors in 2006/07.

North Lanarkshire was said to be the second-biggest spender at £7.1m. In total, Scotland's councils spent a record £67 million, a rise of 30 per cent on the previous year.

Edinburgh City Council finance convener Gordon Mackenzie reportedly said: We've had a number of large capital projects that have come on-stream and we've had to get in consultants for that. In addition I would argue that getting consultants in on the short term can actually save you money in the longer term."

City pays out £8.2m on bills for consultants (The Scotsman, 29 April 2008)