BSF money is administered by the PfS (Partnership for Schools) on behalf of the DCSF. Yet another layer of bureaucracy. Yet another quango. Yet another way to hide the way decisions are made behind closed doors.
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:32 PM
Subject: BSF bid for Bedford Borough
Prior to gaining approval for a BSF project to proceed , Bedford Borough Council are to vote in September on whether the current 3 tier education system will survive for the future.
We detail delow a statement from our Mayor’s blog on 12th July.
“I am as cynical as anybody about government statements but last week I was present when Bedford’s plans were being reviewed by civil servants seconded to the BSF programme.
They praised the work Bedford had done in preparation for Building Schools for the Future and said unequivocally that the money was committed to Bedford once its strategy and preparatory work had been approved.
I am good at listening for weasel words and I didn’t hear; and nor did the Bedford officers who were also present. My judgement is that the civil servants meant what they said providing the preparatory work is done before a new government takes over. ”
The civil servants our Mayor refers to were from Partnerships for Schools.
Could I ask you 2 related questions.
1. Would you kindly advise me how this unequivical commitment will actually express itself – e.g. a simple letter from PfS restating this or perhaps a legally binding contract that ensures the funds will not disappear after the expected change of Government next May/June or something else.
2. I understand you operate a 6 stage process with each LEA – pre-engagement, strategy for change, outline business case, procurement, financial close, operational detail. Would Bedford Borough need to be past a certain stage in this process to ensure that funds were not cut part way through the building programme?
Please respond at your earliest convenience as this is very important to the education of children in our Borough.
Thanking you in anticipation of a prompt response,
No reply has yet been received to this query – perhaps you would like to let our councillors know that they could be remembered for years as the turkeys who did indeed vote for Christmas.
Financial and educational chaos in one fell swoop.
What a legacy for the Mayor and his councillors !