Birmingham City Council have published a report into the content management system that was investigated by Help Me Investigate users last year and generated a number of news reports.
The report suggests that the website could have come in at least ?900,000 more expensive than the ?2.8m it eventually cost – but suggests that the ?2.8m figure included "many other major items which were involved in the project apart from the website and it is important that this continues to be communicated to the citizens of Birmingham"
However, the report also notes that, for all the money spent "?It is widely believed by BCC personnel that the new Content Management System (CMS) ? which empowers individuals to upload content to the website and intranet ? requires further work before it can be said to function effectively?"
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Who funds the New Schools Network?
That's the question being asked by Jack Cues, which will become more relevant as the new government looks into education policy:
"NSN is charity aiming to take advantage of proposed education policy to set up what are described as ?free? schools. Many companies such as http://www.edisonlearning.net/ http://www.gemseducation.com/ and http://www.schoolchains.org/en/school/cognita-schools-united-kingdom will have the opportunity to profit but who is financing the charity?"
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