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Carillion collapse and schools.

Carillion collapse and schools.

Meals and services in hundreds of schools have been thrown into doubt today after news that troubled support services company Carillion has gone into liquidation.

The company delivers more than 32,000 school meals a day, according to its website, as well as facilities management to 875 schools, cleaning for 245 schools and mechanical, electrical and fabric maintenance services at 683 schools, and has sponsored an academies trust.

Carillion is also involved in PFI deals with schools. Today the chief executive of one of England's largest academy chains said he hoped the company's collapse would release schools from "ludicrous" PFI contracts. 

Ministers held crisis talks last week as they worked to ensure that contingency plans were robust.

Today it was announced that the company had gone into compulsory liquidation as talks failed to find another way to deal with the company’s debts.

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