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Investigation: Unanswered questions surrounding LLS

Speculation surrounds the findings of the government’s investigation of London Leadership Strategy

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Speculation surrounds the findings of the government’s investigation of London Leadership Strategy

The Department for Education has refused to elaborate on the details or provide a copy of the report done by the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) on the London Leadership Strategy (LLS) last year.

It is not known who has actually seen the report, other than LLS chair David Woods and Jacqueline Valin, the LLS director responsible for finance.

In addition, it is not known why – according to an LLS board member – the report they were given was heavily redacted.

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It remains unclear why NDF was given a payment of around £35,000 by LLS in May 2017.

NDF was paid in advance, rather than arrears, for much of Ms Kerin-Nye’s time at LLS. It remains unknown why this unusual arrangement was in place.

The total amount paid to NDF by LLS has not yet been established, although Tes has verified that more than £100,000 was paid to the company in just seven months.

Questions over whether suppliers were paid too much, and DfE funding was used for different purposes to that for which it had been given, remain unanswered.

The DfE’s fraud, error and debt team has stated that it is “working to address a number of risks” in relation to LLS as a result of the GIAA’s investigation. The precise nature of these risks remains unknown.

Neither LLS or Ms Kerwin-Nye have responded with individual answers to a series of specific questions on these various issues, choosing instead to release prepared statements.

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