£775k on consultants is ‘value for money’

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

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Former Social Care Minister Chris Robertshaw had defended the spending of more than £750,000 on bringing in consultants to review the health and welfare system.

He and Social Care chief executive Yvette Mellor were giving evidence to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) when they were asked to justify the £100,687 cost of the consultants for the first phase of the review and a further £675,025 for the second phase.

The funding had Treasury concurrence but no approval was sought from Tynwald.

Committee chairman Alfred Cannan asked the witnesses: ‘Why is it necessary to spend £775,000 looking at the National Insurance Fund?’

Mr Robertshaw explained the island faced a dilemma over its future funding of health services and the benefits system. It was possible to pay for these when the fund was in balance but that was no longer the case.

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