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BSF victory: six contractors could share £1bn

Six contractors stand to benefit by up to £1 billion from the High Court’s ruling that the government acted unlawfully in the way it stopped the Building Schools for the Future scheme.

Judge Mr Justice Holman today said education secretary Michael Gove had to listen to six councils’ cases for a total of 58 school projects to be awarded funding.

The judge ruled that Mr Gove acted unlawfully as he did not consult all councils with Outline Business Case approval before deciding which projects to cancel.

The following table shows which contractors have BSF deals with the six councils, and to what extent they could benefit.


CouncilValue of schemes to be consulted onBSF contractor
London Borough of Waltham Forest£258mBouygues
Kent County Council£255mKier
London Borough of Newham£230mLaing O’Rourke
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough£128mInterserve
Nottingham City CouncilUp to £96mCarillion
Luton Borough Council£48mWates


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