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Lib Dems demand answers over sale of Essex Education Services

June 22, 2019 1:19 PM

School children

Last year Essex CC decided to sell Essex Education Services by auction.. At the recent council meeting, Cllr John Baker (Colchester) demanded clarity over the current situation, as there had been no updates on the matter.

John says that this is a vital service for all types of schools across Essex and without knowing what is happening with the sale, how can schools plan for the future.

Reply by the Cabinet Member for Education

'Thank you for your question Cllr Baker.

I believe you are referring to our fully traded service 'EES for Schools' which has long been distinct from the County Council's education services directorate.

As you note, Cabinet agreed last May to seek a buyer for the EES for Schools business. We have had over 52 expressions of interest and selected a preferred bidder in January. We are currently in the final stages of completing a transaction with this bidder and anticipate, subject to cabinet approval, that EES for Schools will be in new ownership as of 1st June 2019.

All the EES for Schools staff are transferring under TUPE to the new owners, with full LGPS pension provision protected through a bond. Furthermore, the new owners are committed to retaining the EES headquarters in Essex and we look forward to an excellent relationship with EES for Schools as it goes from strength to strength with new ownership and investment.'