oh dear, another v embarrassing free school débâcle

(92 Posts)
edam Fri 25-Oct-13 22:53:55

This time involving the Tory party deputy chairman. Serious financial mismanagement to the tune of £90k. Can't link as on tablet but see BBC news, king's science academy Bradford.

Tory bigwig Alan Lewis's company trousers £300k a year in rent for the site. And the Tories have the cheek to call the unemployed scroungers!

straggle Fri 25-Oct-13 23:58:41

OMG there should to be resignations at the top of the story party and DfE now

www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24677371

'Alan Lewis, a successful businessman and the Conservative Party's vice-chairman, was a key benefactor and supporter. And the school is built on land owned by Mr Lewis and leased to the academy by his company at a cost of £296,000 a year for 20 years.'

'The EFA investigation found that £59,560 of payments were not supported by any evidence of payments being made, and £10,800 of this was supported by fabricated invoices for rent.'

K8Middleton Sat 26-Oct-13 00:01:33

Fabricated invoices? Fucking hell. Heads should roll for this - no pun intended.

edam Sat 26-Oct-13 00:02:10

Great typo there, they are indeed the story party - as in, telling tall stories. Greedy, grasping feckers.

Did you see the head was giving jobs to all his relatives as well? Exploiting taxpayers every which way.

straggle Sat 26-Oct-13 00:08:19

Sssstory lying bastard party grin

Jobs for the boys, bribes for the mafia

You couldn't make it up

straggle Sat 26-Oct-13 00:22:50

And this article too

www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/25/flagship-free-school-kings-science-academy

'"We found serious failings in financial management at the Kings Science Academy. We informed the police who decided no further action was necessary," said a spokesman for the DfE.'

'The EFA report is particular damning about the failures of the school's governors, saying that they did not understand their financial responsibilities and so could not discharge them.'

So the DfE is saying it's the police's fault that this fraud has been allowed to go on for a year? And since then ministers have cut checks on financial oversight?

LittleSiouxieSue Sat 26-Oct-13 00:42:28

Yet another one for the Police to account for too. (Ha ha) Fabricating invoices is fraud.

How many more schools will have similar issues? I think the press will turn up more. When money is thrown at projects, people feel a bit will not be missed, so they start being reckless. The money would have been better spent on local schools.

Bakingnovice Sat 26-Oct-13 07:52:30

Heads should roll. But they won't. This school is notorious for nepotism and money appropriation.

Talkinpeace Sat 26-Oct-13 11:09:28

and as a Free School, the public sector auditors have no right to inspect the books.

One rule for Councils under Pickles,
another rule for schools under Gove

joined up government

edam Sat 26-Oct-13 11:25:01

YY Baking, the Newsnight investigation found the head had employed several family members, without going through the normal processes of application and interview. So his family are creaming off possibly hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money...

Do you live near the school? Don't think I'd want my child to be taught by this dishonest shower.

rabbitstew Sat 26-Oct-13 11:34:13

Amazing how in response to serious financial mismanagement by banks causing a global crisis, the current Government have opened the doors for more of the same in more sectors. Let's all cut the red tape getting in the way of nepotism - like we were constantly told we had to cut red tape in the innovative banking industry to let the innovators do their thang.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 26-Oct-13 11:34:35

Sadly this had been covered up, as is lots of other issues here due to overly PC issues. This has been widely known and yet allowed to continue.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 26-Oct-13 11:36:16

And don't just blame Gove - the rot set in here with the last lot. Nobody can challenge this without being decried as racist.

edam Sat 26-Oct-13 11:36:19

Let's hope the headlights of the Newsnight investigation make it more difficult for them to ignore it and pretend it hasn't happened.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 26-Oct-13 11:37:51

It may (or may mot) be dealt with, but it'll be brushed under the carpet like so much else.

rabbitstew Sat 26-Oct-13 11:38:01

Well, we're in a global economy, now, so we have to up our corruption to international levels.

rabbitstew Sat 26-Oct-13 11:41:26

I reckon we'd be quite near the top, though. We could all congratulate ourselves for being at the top of the OECD league tables in something. Unless we bribe them to put us lower down, of course. gringrin

curlew Sat 26-Oct-13 11:42:50

"And don't just blame Gove - the rot set in here with the last lot. Nobody can challenge this without being decried as racist."

It's PC gorn maaaaaaad, I tells ya..........

edam Sat 26-Oct-13 11:45:55

grin rabbit

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 26-Oct-13 11:46:26

Sadly, Curlew, it is.confused

straggle Thu 31-Oct-13 23:40:41
sadsqueaker Fri 01-Nov-13 11:57:01

So, last week the DfE said the police were aware of this in April and had decided there was no case to answer but now the police say this wasn't reported to them for investigation.
Somebody is lying.

(It's always the cover-up that does for them wink)

Talkinpeace Fri 01-Nov-13 12:00:09

Anybody in the area.

Shout and scream and jump up and down to demand that free schools and Academies are subject to the same level of public sector audit scrutiny as council funded schools

In fact I think it might be worth starting to tackle Mr Pickles about what he thinks of the chunks of council money handed to unaccountable private companies .....

the police only act on fraud if they are hassled into it as they do not understand the numbers
HASSLE THEM

nlondondad Sat 02-Nov-13 10:48:32

@Talkinpeace

If forged invoices were discovered at the community school where I am a governor:-

1. They would have been discovered by the the people who come in from the LA to do our audits at frequent intervals. (Audits which also include matters like checking whether the governors are doing their job by having required policies in place and also checking that all the required criminal Record Checks -DBS as they are now called - have been done, which was yet another failing in this Academy)

2. The matter would have been reported at once to the police, by the LA.

No doubt this will now be quoted by a proponent of Free Schools as an example of how an LA can "interfere" with a community school..

Travellingsouth Sat 02-Nov-13 11:23:35

Talkingpeace, I'm not defending what happened. It's a disgrace. But free schools are already very closely audited. That's why the problem was spotted. Clearly the person responsible just didn't realise how closely audited they would be, and thought they could get away with it.

Free schools sign a funding agreement with the dfe and their accounts are scrutinised very closely by the audit commission.

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