The TES is reporting that the DfE’s top civil servant has been summoned to face MPs over concerns about the department’s “struggle to get its act together” over finances.
The Commons Education Select Committee’s concerns came today after the department had to extend the 31 January deadline for laying its accounts before Parliament.
But officials at the DfE have used a statutory instrument to give themselves an extra three months.
The move has led Neil Carmichael, who chairs the education committee, to summon the DfE’s permanent secretary to explain the reasons for the delay.
“Government departments have 10 months to get their accounts in order and laid before Parliament for proper public scrutiny, and most manage with far less,” the Conservative MP said.
“Slipping out a statutory instrument to extend the deadline on the last possible day is further evidence of DfE’s struggle to get its act together on financial matters.
“The Committee agreed in December to invite the permanent secretary to explain the department’s plans for academy accounts. Today’s events leave us with no alternative but to consider the wider question of financial management at the DfE…”
See more on this from the Education Select Committee at: Department for Education extends deadline for publishing accounts
Not a great sign – any thoughts on the significance of what’s happening here in terms of academy accounts?
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