Jonathan Owen

£8K for a blind, £2K for a tap: the true cost of PFI

Schools locked into expensive contracts may find their only option is to cut staff

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Some schools appear to be spending money like it is going out of fashion, apparently oblivious to funding cuts – paying thousands of pounds more than they should for everyday items.

From spending in excess of £8,000 for a blind for one room, to paying more than £2,000 for a sink or an outside tap, money – it would seem – is no object.

However, the vast amounts being spent on overpriced goods and services are not, in fact, the result of profligacy – and there is no element of choice, a Tes investigation reveals.

Schools are being forced to pay enormous premiums for services and items they ...

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