The Department of Defense has doubled its spending on outside consulting since last year

Defense spending on outside advisers more than doubled to £245m last year, figures show.

Despite the reduction in frontline forces, the department has spent as much on experts since 2020 as it would cost to build a frigate.

The figure has risen from £110m in 2020-21 – an increase of £135m in one year, according to the department’s accounts.

The cost of temporary workers has also skyrocketed by more than £60million over the past year, according to MoD accounts.

Since 2020, the Department of Defense has been spending as much on experts as it would cost to build a frigate

Still, spending on service staff fell by £120m to £10.39bn last year. And 10,000 army troops are to be dismantled by 2025.

Shadow Defense Secretary John Healey said: “Conservatives are failing British troops and British taxpayers.

“Ministers are pouring out staggering sums of money for advisors while pushing for cuts in army size and troops living in appalling conditions.

“This is the latest example of the Tories losing control of costs and contracts and the Secretary of Defense has no plans to deal with the issues.

“A Labor government would mandate the National Audit Office to carry out a comprehensive audit of the Department of Defense’s waste to ensure that taxpayers’ money is getting value.”

Last year Labor published a “dossier” on waste in the MoD, which claimed the department had wasted at least £13billion of taxpayers’ money since 2010. Examples of waste included over-purchasing, write-offs, contract terminations, unplanned renewals and administrative errors

Senior Tory MP Sir John Redwood (above) said: “We have to be very careful that we don’t spend all our money on business consultants and not enough on the front line

Senior Tory MP Sir John Redwood said: “We have to be very careful that we don’t spend all our money on business advisers and not enough on the front line – I just hope they are good value for money.”

A Department of Defense spokesman said: “The Department of Defense uses consulting services when outside expertise is essential – which may include national security issues – or when it offers better value for taxpayers’ money.”

“These expenditures are subject to rigorous scrutiny before approval.”

Last year Labor published a “dossier” on wastage at the Ministry of Defense which claimed the department had wasted at least £13billion of taxpayers’ money since 2010.

Examples of waste included overspent procurement, write-offs, contract terminations, unplanned renewals and administrative errors.

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