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Liverpool and BT sign joint BSF deal

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BT has set up a joint venture with Liverpool City Council to supply new technology and communication services in a deal worth£11m as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

The company says the venture, Liverpool Direct Ltd (LDL), will deliver a technology and communication programme to transform eight Liverpool schools.

Liverpool features in wave two of Building Schools for the Future, receiving a total sum of£150m in Government funding to deliver the programme.

The partnership will assist Liverpool City Council in delivering an area-wide, centralised solution including a learning platform, email services and remote access for staff, pupils and parents with both fixed and wireless network connectivity.

There will also be a programme of continuous professional development and change management in place to ensure the successful implementation of e-Learning, learning platforms and local choice provision for schools.

In addition, LDL will provide ICT support to the building design process.

Tim Warren, assistant executive director Children's Services Strategy at Liverpool City Council, said “We are really pleased to see this innovative approach to ICT for schools come to fruition for our Wave 2 schools and we look forward to its contribution to transforming education in the city.”

Chris Sayers, Director BT Local Government, said: “BT has been working over a long period in the education area and this BSF contract confirms the value that Liverpool City Council has seen from their current contracts with BT.

"I see BT playing a more significant role in BSF as the programme rolls out further."

Since LDL was established in 2001, it has:

  • Reduced housing benefit claim process times from 143 days to 28 days and received the highest CPA score possible of ‘4’ - ranked as ‘excellent’.

  • Improved Business Rate collection from 93% to 99% generating an additional£45m.

  • Collected£70m of debt owing to LCC.

  • Answered over two million calls for LCC each year.

  • Invested over£6m in staff training and developing and gaining Investors in People accreditation and Business Excellence awards.

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