The Liverpool Daily Post report:

Merseytravel chiefs spent more than £13m of taxpayers’ money on consultants in three years for tasks as menial as reviewing minutes of meetings.

At the peak of spending, the transport authority spent £6m in one year alone, paying up to £285 an hour to solicitors and management consultants.

While controversy around the use of external consultants has dogged Merseytravel since the leaking of a dossier that forced former chairman Mark Dowd’s resignation, the actual figure on how much was being spent was not made public.

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