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WORK IN SCHOOLS CAN BE COUNTED TOWARDS CCT

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The DoE has given ground to the local authority associations on how the work of white collar staff in schools shoul...
The DoE has given ground to the local authority associations on how the work of white collar staff in schools should be accounted for in compulsory competitive tendering.

The DoE last week agreed that personnel, finance or administration work performed in locally managed schools should be deemed to have been market tested, as theoretically the governing bodies could buy in the services from elsewhere. This means the work can count towards councils' competition requirement. Councils will have to work out what proportion of each defined activity is performed in schools.These figures can then be subtracted from the amount of each service which has to be subjected to competition.

The local authority associations had originally argued that schools based professional work should be excluded entirely from white collar CCT. But they are pleased a compromise has been reached.

The DoE has also accepted that work done by local education authorities for locally managed schools, such as legal or financial advice, can count towards the competition requirement. 'We were frightened schools would have to go through a tendering process for services they now buy in from LEAs', Association of County Councils Assistant Secretary Roy Williams told LGC this week.
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