Does fire safety construction flaw at PFI school affect Wirral schools?

Does fire safety construction flaw at PFI school affect Wirral schools?                                                          11/1/16 08:19 Edited to change University Academy Birkenhead to Birkenhead Park School as it changed its name last year. A report to be considered by councillors on the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority‘s Performance and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday afternoon warns, during a … Continue reading “Does fire safety construction flaw at PFI school affect Wirral schools?”

Does fire safety construction flaw at PFI school affect Wirral schools?

                                                        

Cllr Lesley Rennie speaking at a public meeting of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority 29th January 2015
Cllr Lesley Rennie speaking at a public meeting of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority 29th January 2015

11/1/16 08:19 Edited to change University Academy Birkenhead to Birkenhead Park School as it changed its name last year.

A report to be considered by councillors on the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority‘s Performance and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday afternoon warns, during a fire at a PFI school on Merseyside, that smoke spread from a ground floor kitchen to a protected staircase.

Further investigation found the same problem at eleven additional PFI sites.

Wirral has a number of schools constructed using PFI that are managed by Wirral Schools Services Limited. It is not known if any of the schools on the Wirral are affected by this. Here is the information from the report.

Case Study 2: Fire Separation in Major Construction projects

24. A site visit to a local school on 9th January 2015 following a fire on 7th January 2015 (incident no 32304) identified serious fire separation concerns due to smoke spread from the ground floor kitchen to the 1st floor protected staircase.

25. The school was built as part of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) initiative. The investigation led to 11 additional PFI sites where the same issues were detected. As the issues potentially had national implications Protection Officers utilised the CFOA [Chief Fire Officer Association] Community of Practice to share the risk information. It was subsequently established that the same issue had been found in other major new-build / refurbishment projects across England with estimated repair bills totalling in excess of £100m.

26. Officers escalated the issue to the CFOA Fire Engineering Technical Standards Group due to the national potential in order that the risk information can be effectively shared with other Fire and Rescue Services and that national guidance is produced to ensure that these issues are dealt with consistently and effectively.”

 

Will either of the two Wirral councillors (Cllr Lesley Rennie and Cllr Jean Stapleton) on MFRA’s Performance and Scrutiny Committee ask if any of the Wirral PFI Schools (Leasowe Primary, Bebington High, Birkenhead Park School (previously University Academy Birkenhead and before that Park High), South Wirral High, Weatherhead High, Hilbre High, Prenton High, Wallasey High and Wirral Grammar Girls) or the two Wirral PFI City Learning Centres (Wallasey City Learning Centre and Hilbre City Learning Centre) are affected by this?

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38 more pages of the Wirral Schools Services Limited private finance initiative (PFI) contract with Wirral Council

38 more pages of the Wirral Schools Services Limited private finance initiative (PFI) contract with Wirral Council

38 more pages of the Wirral Schools Services Limited private finance initiative (PFI) contract with Wirral Council

                                          

I posted the first 17 pages of Wirral Council’s contract with Wirral Schools Services Limited, followed by the next six pages of the contract last month. This took it to the definitions as far as “benchmarking”.

At the weekend I scanned in the rest of the pages that define terms used in the contract (which come to a further 38 pages). This is from page 7 onwards. The next page after that deals with third-party rights.

The Wirral Schools Forum meets tomorrow evening to discuss where to find the £2.3 million of savings to its budget to pay for it. This is not because the price of the contract is going up considerably year on year, but because Wirral Council have decided to stop making a £2.3 million contribution to it each year. In total the annual contract payments are ~£11 million a year. Wirral Council receive an annual grant of £5.472 million towards this and a further £2.972 million from schools for the services under the contract (such as cleaning, caretaking et cetera). This leaves £2.586 million that in earlier years Wirral Council has paid, but next year has decided to cut its contribution by £2.3 million on top of a further £600,000 reduction this year.

It looks like (although it’s not confirmed yet), according to the papers for tomorrow evening’s Wirral Schools Forum (agenda item 3 PFI and Central Budget Review – Verbal Update (Previous report from 8th October attached)) that at least £1 million of this £2.3 million saving will come out of cuts to SEN Top ups/independent school fees (£600,000), statements (£200,000) and support for SEN (£200,000). None of the schools covered by the PFI contract are special schools.

Below are the definitions (from page 7 onwards) and the next page after that deals with third-party rights. Wirral Council plan to publish the complete contract by 31st December 2014 under a new transparency regime (imposed by central government).

Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 7 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 7 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 8 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 8 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 9 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 9 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 10 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 10 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 11 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 11 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 12 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 12 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 13 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 13 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 14 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 14 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 15 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 15 definitions
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Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 16 definitions
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Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 17 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 18 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 18 definitions
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Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 19 definitions
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Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 20 definitions
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Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 21 definitions
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Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 23 definitions
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Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 24 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 25 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 25 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 26 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 26 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 27 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 27 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 28 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 28 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 29 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 29 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 30 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 30 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 31 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 31 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 32 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 32 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 33 definitions
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Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 34 definitions
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Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 35 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 36 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 36 definitions
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Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 37 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 38 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 38 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 39 definitions
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Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 41 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 42 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 42 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 43 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 43 definitions
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 44 1.3 Third Party Rights
Wirral Council Wirral Schools Services Limited PFI Contract page 44 1.3 Third Party Rights

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