Public Sector – Blunkett opens LEAs to firms

Accountancy firms have been offered the opportunity to get involved in financial management and audit in Local Education Authorities under plans announced by education secretary David Blunkett, writes Ben Griffiths.

In a speech to LEA leaders last week, Blunkett said the Department for Education and Employment would be advertising for contractors who could take over key functions of failing education authorities.

Among the services open to accountancy firms will be financial management and school funding – where firms would be required to design and manage financial functions.

Value for money and accountancy services, monitoring and preparing school budgets, and providing advice and auditing procedures will also be up for grabs if the plans progress.

‘We are advertising for contractors that are capable of providing effective service where an existing one is failing. They could include not-for-profit or private sector providers – or indeed a neighbouring LEA,’ Blunkett said.

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