Trust rapped for £1.9k booze bill

An academy trust broke funding rules over £1,900 expenses on alcoholic drinks and a £450 Christmas meal for trustees, a government investigation has found.

Leading Learners Multi-Academy Trust also spent over £50,000 on education consultants without going through any tendering process.

Allegations about poor financial management at the Leading Learners prompted an investigation by the Education and Skills Funding Agency back in May 2017.

The allegations about the trust, which runs four primary schools in Manchester and Bradford, related to the CEO’s use of expenses, the trust’s use of consultancy services, asset disposal and the transparency of financial management at board level.

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