DoH cuts management consultants by £60m to fund free care

The DoH is to pay for the free personal care Bill by cutting spending on management consultants, advertising, administration and research by £190m in 2010/11.

The Bill, part of last month's Queen's Speech, aims to guarantee free personal care for the 280,000 people in England, including those with serious dementia or Parkinson's disease, with the highest needs and protect the savings of the 166,000 people who currently get free care from future charges.

Spending on management consultants will be cut by £60m through better use of in-house commercial skills and better pricing through competition on all work.

Negotiation of better priced deals on advertising spending will save £50m. A DoH spokesman said: ‘All communication budgets across the department are being reviewed and there is no decision yet as to priority areas of spend.'

£60m will be saved by re-prioritising research and development spending, meaning spending is in one place, freeing up resources and ensuring better co-ordination.

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