That the privateers are vanishing back into the woodwork and scuttling back under the dismal stones and rotten logs from whence they crawled, now that a new Birmingham City Council has turned the lights on speaks volumes about their opportunistic motivations. Perhaps they would rob your grave as readily?
Commenting on reports that the creation of eight new academy schools in Birmingham have been put on hold after the council refused to write off £1.3 million in school debts, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“Why should the council taxpayers of Birmingham be penalised and forced to cover these liabilities. Birmingham City Council must stand firm against writing off these debts.
“If the private providers want to take over these schools so badly, then they also should take on the financial commitment that local authorities have made year-in, year-out.”
- Council blocks academy debt amnesty (morningstaronline.co.uk)
- Schools won’t be forced down academies route (thechamberlainfiles.com)
- Will deficits be a deal breaker for academy sponsors in Birmingham? (gogwit.wordpress.com)