||<p>The Department uses consultancy services to source flexible labour to support short
term projects that demand specialist knowledge and skills. From the Department’s formation
on 14th July 2016 to date, it has incurred direct costs of £7.9m on consultancy services.
Consultancy costs for the current financial year (2018-19) will be disclosed in full
in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts.</p><p>The Department does not hold
information on the number of consultants hired<ins class="ministerial">.</ins> <del
class="ministerial">in any one year as this work is often commissioned as part of
an outcomes based contract to ensure value for money.</del></p><p> </p>