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Plymouth council temporary managers 'cost £10,000 a day'

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Image caption The Labour-led council said it was working on a project which aimed to save £30m

Plymouth City Council is paying temporary managers a total of more than £10,000 a day, a council report says.

The findings, to be discussed by the cabinet, revealed 17 "interim staff" were being paid more than £500 a day and two cost more than £800.

Opposition Conservatives have criticised the spending as exorbitant.

The Labour-led unitary council said the expertise was needed to oversee a restructuring programme designed to save money in the long-term.

The council said many of the temporary staff were providing short-term expertise on a project which aimed to save £30m by changing the way the council delivered services.

Conservative councillor Ian Bowyer said: "It seems to me at this moment in time Plymouth taxpayers are being asked to take a tremendous leap in the dark in the hope that we get a result at the end of the day.

"It's far from clear what that result might be."

The council said it was recruiting permanent staff for five of the posts.

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