UK's DfID accused of double standards over refusal to lift lid on contractors

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Dec 18 2012, 06:59:01

Failure to reveal findings of review into use of private consultants condemned by opposition critics and anti-poverty campaigners

Britain's Department for International Development (DfID) has been accused of "breathtaking arrogance and contempt for transparency" over its refusal to release the findings of an inquiry into its use of private consultants.

The government announced a review in mid-September after it emerged that £500m in UK aid money was spent last year through a handful of, primarily British, consultants, some of whom earn six- or seven-figure salaries and used to work in government.

DfID said the review was completed and a final report handed to the international development secretary, Justine Greening, by the end of September. But the department has refused to answer questions about its findings. It says the report is an internal document and was never intended for publication.

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