Carillion collapse: MPs call for regional breakdown of impact on schools

Commons education select committee has written to education secretary Damian Hinds calling for action

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MPs have called for regional breakdown of where the impact of the collapse of support services company Carillion on schools, colleges and apprenticeships will be felt most severely.

The company – which went into liquidation on Monday – delivered caretaking and cleaning services to hundreds of schools, provided 32,000 school meals a day and had sponsored an academy.

An influential parliamentary committee has said that it is “essential” that steps are taken to ensure the services provided to almost 900 schools and colleges are continued following the collapse.

The request for more information has been made in a letter sent to education secretary Damian Hinds, from the chair of the Commons education select committee, Robert Halfon today.

Committee requests

Writing on behalf of the committee, Mr Halfon said: “We are aware of several specific cases in constituencies including Gateshead. It would be helpful if the Department published an analysis by constituency or local authority level of where the impact of Carillion’s collapse will be felt.”

The letter has also asked for information on how the government will safeguard the 1,400 apprenticeships operated by Carillion Training Services. And it has requested an assessment of how many apprentices may be affected through the longer Carillion supply chain.

The committee met yesterday following the announcement that the company had gone into compulsory liquidation as talks failed to find another way to deal with the company’s debts.

The letter said: “Given the scale and nature of the services provided by Carillion to almost 900 schools and colleges, it is essential that the impacts of the firm’s collapse are understood and steps taken to ensure the continuity of services such as school catering and facilities management across the country."

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