Compact commissioner to lead discussion about LSC case

Compact commissioner John Stoker has called a meeting to draw out the lessons that need to be learned from the Learning and Skills Council's pursuit of a tiny voluntary organisation for breach of contract.

The LSC spent £155,000 on legal fees chasing Kids in Communication, which provides support to disadvantaged young people in the West Midlands, for breach of a £119,000 contract (Third Sector, 13 June).

Stoker is to sit down with key stakeholders to discuss the issues behind the case. The meeting, which will take place in the next month, will include representatives from the Office of the Third Sector, the Department for Education and Skills, the NCVO and the LSC.

Stoker said the case had “not been a good experience for anyone”.

“I have made it clear that I want all concerned to learn lessons from the case to avoid similar problems in future,” he said.

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