A REPORT on how Welsh authorities spend public cash on consultants has been welcomed by Tories.
The Wales Audit Office said the amount being spent on these services had fallen, but value for money could not be demonstrated.
Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said: "It is right that public bodies should be able to outsource certain operations to make the best use of available expertise to help improve the delivery of services.
"However, unless there are robust measures in place to manage expenditure on consultancy services, costs can easily spiral and public bodies risk ending up writing blank cheques.
"While it is welcome that the public sector has reduced its dependence on consultancy services, questions remain as to whether sufficient safeguards are in place to manage costs effectively."