I'm fairly certain that some years ago councils were told they were no longer allowed to manage their own housing stock. To get around this local authorities in my area created their own 'separate' companies. As a tennant at the time, there was no change or difference. I dealt with the same staff, in the same building wearing a slightly different badge. I have no idea what the requirements for a MAT are, but in theory is it possible that councils could create their own 'separate' organisation to manage schools that don't actually want to become academies? Local authority by the back door? I could see the council in my area going for it (northern, Labour controlled since time began). I have no idea if it would be legal/ possible. Any thoughts, before I aggressively start hounding my local councillors?