I must take exception to some of the comments made by Paul Oliver in the recent Working Lives article (NCE last week).
Oliver states that 'in consultancy, you do the work until the money for the contract runs out'. This is wrong. We work within a contractual arrangement where the scope, programme, quality and fees are fully defined - we then endeavour to deliver the contract within these constraints while adding value and saving the client money.
Unlike the public sector however, we cannot 'keep on doing it'. As a tax payer I would be extremely concerned if Devon County Council does indeed keep on doing it without any control over the budget.
On second thoughts, perhaps that explains my exorbitant council tax bill in Devon.
Gavin Trott (M), gavin.trott@Jacobs. com