Sanitary bins removed from school as Serco fiasco means head cannot pay the bills

The Lincolnshire Echo is reporting that a school in the county has had its sanitary bins removed because bills are not being paid amid the financial chaos of a troubled new payments system.

Head teachers across the county have been unable to pay suppliers since Serco took on the massive county council contract dealing with HR and financial services.

One finance manager told the Echo that a school in the county had had its sanitary bins removed – to the dismay of the head teacher.

The school has not been named, but the revelation is just the latest example of chaos in our schools since the Serco contract began…

Now the finance manager of a Gainsborough school says he has been left “frustrated” dealing with Serco.

The school has been beset with problems for months – echoing the experiences of dozens of other schools in the county after the firm took control of the massive contract dealing with HR and financial services.

Since then, schools have been plagued with prolems. One had to buy own toilet roll, while another had its sanitary bins taken out…

More at: UNBELIEVABLE: Sanitary bins removed from school as Serco fiasco means head cannot pay the bills

 

From a purely cynical perspective, if nothing else, I find it amazing that Serco aren’t rushing to sort this out to protect their reputation. 

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Comments

  1. Serco’s had its £71m contract and probably isn’t too worried about its reputation.  It will no doubt say it’s providing a high quality service like it did in Cornwall when its out-of-hours GP service was terminated 17 months early for  failing to meet national standards, falsifying data and a “bullying culture”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-25362545 and will explain problems away by saying it’s had ‘operational challenges’.
    Lincolnshire County Council must have known about the 2012 parliamentary report by the Public Accounts Committee criticising Serco but still awarded Serco the contract to run HR, finances and IT.  Unfortunately, you can’t sack councillors and the electorate in Lincolnshire would vote for baboons if they wore a blue rosette.
    Come to think of it….

  2. TW

    Just a personal reflection, obviously, but I don’t believe I have ever met anyone who thought Serco had any reputation to protect.

  3. TW

    Just a personal reflection, obviously, but I don’t believe I have ever met anyone who thought Serco had any reputation to protect.

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