Training & coaching news: Out of the Cabinet

It has been revealed that the Cabinet Office spent more than £50,000 on coaches last year.

The figure was given in responses to Parliamentary questions tabled by the Conservative trade spokesman, Alan Duncan. They showed the Cabinet Office paid London coaching firm Praesta £50,348 last year while, during the same period, the Treasury paid it £29,326.

The Department of Constitutional Affairs spent £40,000 with coaching company ER for “change management activities”, while it struck a £220,000 deal with Praesta for delivering coaching programmes.

Duncan said: “These figures probably only represent the tip of the iceberg, as just three departments have revealed their spending on psychologists so far. The final bill across Whitehall could total several million pounds.”

The Cabinet Office said the money was spent on developmental coaching for its senior civil servants.

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