Back in June, I posted about a strange anonymous SMS that had appeared in one of the free London papers. It claimed that the Identity and Passport Service was spending £1 million a month on contract consultancy fees.
It turns out that the figure is almost correct, they're actually spending about £1.14 million a month instead. But what's a hundred grand or so between friends huh? In figures released under the Freedom of Information Act it seem that over the past three years the cost of consultancy by IPS on the ID Cards and Identity Service has been £31.6 million.
Last year was the really big year where the consultancy cost was £22.2 million. The average pay rate as of June on consultants was, including VAT, £701 per day. At the same time the office was employing 82 consultants. That works out to a total monthly bill (based on a four week month) of £1.14 million.