Carillion Collapse: Justice Ministers Under Fire For Failing To Wrest Control Of Prison Maintenance From Firm

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Carillion was handed millions but was failing to maintain British prisons

Public cash was thrown at Carillion to maintain British prisons despite ministers twice admitting the soon-to-go-bust firm was failing to deliver.

Cells were left with smashed windows while inmates lived in squalor and, in some cases, were unable to access a towel and soap. 

But the Government still handed Carillion almost £100m from the public purse over the course of two years despite warnings.  

Outsourcing and construction giant Carillion – which employs 20,000 British people – went into liquidation on Monday after issuing a major profits warning last year. 

It has public sector or public/private partnership contracts worth a staggering £1.7bn, including providing school dinners, cleaning and catering at NHS hospitals, building HS2 and maintaining 50,000 army base homes for the Ministry of Defence.

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