We are happy for all our academies to stay with us, they can go directly to the RBC instead if they want. When people say the LA is putting the price up it is usually that the cost has previously been subsidised or covered by the LA or any grants (in part or in full) and there is not the money to do that anymore. If you want to hear me rant about why Mr Gove is right about Capita grants followed by why he is so wrong, and about how it is then twisted about to cost schools and LAs more money then you all know how to get me going at the conference!
BT have been great for us :)
We use Global, they were the cheapest but we area local to one of their data centres.
Never except the first price as the final price.
As for leaving the LA you dont have to, but we found the LA were actually more expensive over a 3 year period.
Thanks all ... been a great help :))
I can help you with this. I've dropped you a PM