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Campaigner calls for halt to school services project

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

CANDIDATE ... Labour Party candidate for Stafford Central, Maureen Compton, has called for a halt to the controversial Education Support Services Project

CANDIDATE ... Labour Party candidate for Stafford Central, Maureen Compton, has called for a halt to the controversial Education Support Services Project

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A STAFFORD campaigner standing for county council seat has called for a delay to plans to overhaul school support services to let the public decide who should run them.

Maureen Compton, Labour County Council candidate for Stafford Central has joined Labour and UNISON activists across Staffordshire to fight proposals to sell off Education Support Services in what she called “a £4 billion cut-and-run.”

“We will do all we can to make sure that the Conservative-led County Council doesn’t sell off Education,” she said. “This is a privatisation that the people of Staffordshire do not want and do not need.”

Along with other Labour county council candidates Ms Compton will be raising a petition calling on the council to halt the project until after the 2013 local elections and allow the public to voice their own opinion on who they wanted to run services.

“The Conservatives are rushing this through before the local Elections,” she said. “The people deserve a proper say.

“If we can force a delay of just a couple of weeks we will be able to let the people and not Tory politicians decide who runs hugely important services like support for children with special educational needs.”

Services set to be affected by the new joint venture proposed under the terms of the project include outdoor education, cleaning, careers guidance, catering, learning technologies (IT), grounds services, special educational needs and performing arts.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 08 2012, 11:10AM

    At Last a member of the Labour Party who seems to be prepared to campaign for something well done Maureen you are right on this one and the people of Staffordshire need to know the risks involved in gong through this process. When G4S, West coast Main Line, Circle Health and Virgin Healthcare are all being investigated because of flawed supposedly "robust" tender processes spending millions of public money it is right that there is a delay in the tender process to make sure the public get value for money

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 29 2012, 8:33PM

    Come on Staffordshire Newsletter report the petition on your front page so more people know about it !

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 27 2012, 7:14PM

    There is a petition from Unison that can be found here: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/petition-staffordshire-county-council-to-suspend-their-plans-to-privatise-delivery-of-education-support-services

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 26 2012, 3:42PM

    At last common sense ! Please make this an e petition so we can all sign it

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 26 2012, 3:40PM

    I have no political affiliation but this makes such good sense. Let us all have a proper debate on this as it does seem to being rushed though with nothing but sound bites on how it is in the interests of our schools. Once these support services have been sold off they are gone for good. I believe we should all support a open debate and have our veiws counted.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 26 2012, 3:39PM

    I have no political affiliation but this makes such good sense. Let us all have a proper debate on this as it does seem to being rushed though with nothing but sound bites on how it is in the interests of our schools. Once these support services have been sold off they are gone for good. I believe we should all support a open debate and have our veiws counted.

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