Friday 17 May 2013

‘Extravagant’ expenses and £393K ‘irregularities’

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The academy chief taken to task by an official report

A culture of “extravagant” expenses, “prestige” venues and first- class travel at one of Britain’s biggest academy chains has been laid bare by a report containing many examples of financial mismanagement.

An official investigation into the E-Act group – which runs schools that have opted out of local authority control – has revealed that hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money was also spent on unapproved consultancy fees.

From TES

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4 comments

  1. Jane said:

    What this article doesn’t mention is that E-Act academies were previously run as Edutrust which was also criticised for financial mismanagement, leading to the resignation of Lord Bhatia. How many times are they allowed to get away with this.

    17 May 2013 at 5:11pm
  2. Cathy Wood said:

    Will the people who have enjoyed “extravagant expenses, prestige venues and first class travel” at tax-payer expense be required to pay any money back to the schools and students from whom they took it?

    17 May 2013 at 5:38pm
  3. Robert Crosby said:

    A totally disgusting abuse – or to put it more accurately, a theft – of public money. As ‘Jane’ has said, all of this information has been in the public domain for a long time. Liddington’s antics have been higlighted time and again, but the media and far too many Westminster politicians (predominantly, but sadly not exclusively Tories) have conspired not to give them his misconduct the airtime that it justified.

    17 May 2013 at 5:56pm
  4. Jemima said:

    …and now “Sir” Bruce has been appointed to a position of power, in the D of E. His academies are hotbeds of nepotism, favouritism and bullying, so he should feel quite at home there.

    19 May 2013 at 10:05pm