MPs set to demand limit to consultants

MPs want home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst take action to reduce the number of outside advisers and interim staff brought in to help government, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday.

Last year government departments spent €1.3bn on external personnel, at a time when thousands of civil service jobs are being cut to reduce costs, the paper says.
‘The ministries are failing and the cabinet is failing,’ said Socialist Party MP Ronald van Raak, who wants the budget for outside help to be slashed by 25%. ‘There has again been explosive growth in hiring, at a time when the minister promised an end to growth. This is unacceptable, particularly in a time of crisis,’ the paper quoted him as saying.
The SP is also concerned that millions of euros are being spent hiring in specialists who are former civil servants with their own one-man companies.

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