Why Manchester College for OLASS?

Andrew Gadd made this Freedom of Information request to Skills Funding Agency

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Dear Skills Funding Agency,

The Manchester College was awarded the contract for Offender Learning for many prison. Their contract started on 1st August 2009.

Why did the SFA (or the LSC as it was in 2009) award the contract to The Manchester College?

I would like a detailed reply and not a simple "we thought they were the best provider".

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Gadd

Freedom of Information (Skills Funding Agency), Skills Funding Agency

Dear Andrew Gadd

Thank you for your request for information.

Your request was received on the 1 September 2010 and we are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Manager

Skills Funding Agency
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Green-Webb Amanda (IM Services),

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Dear Andrew Gadd

Please find attached our letter of response and supporting information.

Yours sincerely

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Dear Green-Webb Amanda (IM Services),

Thanks for your response.

But your answer appears to neatly side step actually giving me answer! I sent you a 10 word request and you send me a 30,000 word reply.

Your answer (I think) said the ITT had various criteria that were marked. And "the contracts were awarded to the bids with the highest scores."

So - what were the scores?
Can you give me a (simple!) list of the criteria and which bidders received what scores?

Look forwards to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Gadd

Bailey Russel (IM Services),

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Dear Mr Gadd

Please find attached a further response to your Freedom of Information

Yours sincerely

Russel Bailey

Head of Records and Rights

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Dear Bailey Russel (IM Services),

Thank you for your reply. I appreciate the time it has taken to compile the information for me.

You are correct in assuming I placed the original request with the LSC - and after months of trying, never received a reply.

Earlier this year I also asked my MP to chase the SFA!

It has been a long journey - but (at last) we arrived.

Thank you

Andrew Gadd