UNISON calls for council oversight of academy school finances

Friday 26 August 2016

For immediate release

Responding to the Local Government Association call for councils to have oversight of academy school finances, UNISON national secretary for education Jon Richards said:

“UNISON has raised cases of suspected financial irregularity with the Department for Education, Education Funding Agency and the National Audit Office, all of which are clearly struggling to cope with their responsibilities.

“A few academy chiefs have taken advantage of this situation while some academies are struggling to cope with their obligations on pensions, outsourcing and transfers of staff.

“It’s time the government opened their eyes to the fact some academies cannot deliver the financial integrity the public expects.

The best way to ensure academies deliver for their communities is to have local oversight by councils that can help with financial, procurement and staffing issues.”

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