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That'll be £7 million please


 The non-entity Education & Skills Authority has cost taxpayers over £7 million pounds to date. The Parental Alliance for Choice in Education has warned politicians and the media about the track record of the Chief Executive (designate) Gavin Boyd who practiced prolifigate spending while running CCEA. In times of economic recession,when public confidence is low, it must be seen to be onscene that ESAIT have been afforded a blank check by those politicians responsible for fiscal oversight and probity.

Of course the politicians are hardly the exemplar for accounting for their expenses. Caitriona Ruane recently proposed, on behalf of the DENI, that Gavin Boyd is designated accounting officer of ESA.

This is much like putting a fox in charge of accounting to the farmer for the hens and the henhouse.

"Such major expenditure ..must be scrutinised"

 The costs were revealed following an Assembly question from UUP MLA Ken Robinson. What was not revealed is that Basil McCrea, the UUP Education Spokesman, was made aware of this issue over a year ago by PACE in a meeting held in his Lisburn constituency office.

Parents can now monitor how quickly the Stormont Education Committee fulfill their accountability role with ESA.