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Council agrees Carillion exit deal

Oxfordshire County Council has agreed an exit deal with failed construction and services firm Carillion.

The company provided things like school meals in the county before it went into liquidation last week.

The authority has paid just over £10m for work already done as part of a deal to end its contract with Carillion five months early.

Carillion provided services on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council including school meals and cleaning; maintenance of council buildings; property services, and building work such as school extensions.

 Cllr Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Cabinet Member for Property, Cultural & Community Services, said:

 “We brought the process forward and legally terminated our contact and will be taking over those services to ensure continuity. Carillion’s financial problems were not the original reason we wanted to end the contract. But as the scale of the company’s problems became apparent we are very glad we ended the contract when we did.

“The reality is that if we had not ended the contract and settled with the liquidators, we would now be tied up in lengthy negotiations to end our involvement with the company. This early exit deal means we can get on with finding better ways to deliver services that Carillion provided.”

Carillion staff in Oxfordshire County Council’s maintained schools who contracted their services via Oxfordshire County Council will be transferred to Oxfordshire County Council under staff transfer arrangements known as ‘TUPE’, and services will continue as normal.

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