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MARKET FORCES - HARINGEY DECIDES FINAL THREE

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Haringey LBC has drawn up a shortlist of three private companies to run educational services in the borough from ne...
Haringey LBC has drawn up a shortlist of three private companies to run educational services in the borough from next year.

Serco-QAA, Cambridge Education Associates and Ensign - a consortium involving Tribal Group and Group 4 - have been shortlisted for the contract with a final decision due to be announced by 22 December.

A Haringey spokeswoman confirmed PricewaterhouseCoopers would manage the procurement process for the government and the council.

She added: 'The principle of the contract is that anything relating to the school standards agenda will be delivered by the contractor, and education functions not related to this agenda like early years and lifelong learning will stay with the council.'

'So we are contracting out responsibility for delivering the service, but this will rely heavily on a good working relationship between the council and the contractors selected. By law the council retains some control over the budget and over strategic direction,' she added.

WS Atkins had originally tendered for the Haringey contract but withdrew from the process after being named preferred provider for a similar contract at Southwark LBC (LGC, 28 July).

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