Lib Dem chief Vince Cable describes it as a ‘scandalous waste of public money’
A “SCANDALOUS” £5 billion was spent by Government departments on temps and consultants last year despite the ‘cap’ on public sector pay – the Sun can reveal.
A whopping £3.7 billion alone was forked out by the NHS and other health bodies on agency workers in 2016-2017.
And even the Home Office was forced to spend £25 million – up 25 per cent – on more temps to deal with a growing backlog of asylum claims and passport applications.
Across all departments, annual reports published in recent days reveal some 4,500 workers were brought on “off-payroll” on an eye-watering £220 a day or more – including 19 at the Treasury.
George Osborne moved to stop the BBC hiring “off payroll” workers because of fears top stars were using personal service companies to cut their tax bill.
The Department for Transport had more than 1,000 through Network Rail and 285 at HS2. But it also spent £7 millon on temps at the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency.
The total bill for consultants and temps across Whitehall was £4.9 billion.
Lib Dem chief Vince Cable said: “That government should be paying so much on off-payroll staff at a time of austerity is a scandalous waste of public money.