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Academy chain in payment scam

Issue No. 2477

An academy chain paid over £800,000 in two years to “consulting” companies that its founders or trustees had major financial interests in.

The Griffin Schools Trust paid over £700,000 to a company wholly owned by its joint chief executives, Liz Lewis and Ange Tyler. 

Other firms received around £100,000 between them for “educational consultancy services”.

Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell rightly said this showed the Tories have failed to “ensure adequate checks” on academy funding.

But the problem is that academies bring schools under the control of private firms—which Labour does not oppose.

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Tue 27 Oct 2015, 16:16 GMT
Issue No. 2477
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