Birmingham Council has been accused of dodging scrutiny over claims it overpaid a school taxi firm £11million by publicly pricing all 163 contracts at exactly £64,938.27 – just low enough to avoid publishing transparency data.
This number was recorded as the price for every single deal the now-bankrupt city council had with every single taxi supplier, to every single school – despite the vastly differing work associated with each cab contract.
The £64,938.27 figure – branded as ‘not credible’ – was around £700 lower than the threshold at which public bodies legally have to publish tendering transparency data, such as the number of bids and award criteria.
Read more: The £64,938.27 question for bankrupt Birmingham Council: Why did all 163 school-run taxi contracts over the last three years cost EXACTLY the same? Authority faces new quiz over cab firm at centre of £11M over-payment row