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School spends £900 on copying despite not being open

A school has spent £900 on photocopying since the beginning of term, despite no student or staff being there due to it being mothballed.

There is nothing surprising about the figure, except that the school has been closed as there are no children in the area that go to the school. Instead of it being fully shut, the mothball term allows it to re-open should parents want their son or daughter to attend in future years.

In a statement, the councillor for the area said: He said: “It seems confusing why a mothballed school will have spent £950 on photocopying and nearly £400 on phone calls.

“The only thing I can think of is equipment was still in a lease period but surely this should have been looked at by officers, especially in these financially challenging times.

This example shows how in some cases, a lease had been purchased without thinking about the longer term impacts of the businesses. It would appear from this statement that the school is still paying for the machine, despite no usage. 

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