Council shortfall after deal fails

4th July 2003 at 01:00
A South London education authority faces a huge debt after the Government refused to cover the full cost of a collapsed privatisation deal that it brokered. Atkins Education wants to pull out of its pound;100m contract to run education in Southwark. The council says it is unreasonable to expect it to find the money which would leave a pound;1.5m shortfall in its education budget.

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