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Schools face budget crisis – Barton

Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton has expressed her concern at the growing budget crisis facing Northern Ireland’s schools.

The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said:

“By now all Northern Ireland schools should have received a letter from the Education Department. As a result of this latest dire warning many schools will be required to make further in-year cuts; adding to constraints which have been present for years.

“The current political stalemate has exacerbated the pressures on school budgets and with no Ministers in place to take strategic decisions, the situation will only continue to get worse.

“Most schools have already cut expenditure back to the bare minimum, with many also relying on the early retirement scheme to balance the books.  But the courts have recently blocked that option for this year at least.

“Instead governors, staff, and parents now face weeks and months of uncertainty as an ever shrinking pot of money is expected to go further and further. 

“We are now seeing why the failure of the last Executive to agree a budget was deplorable, sadly it looks like our children are going to pay the price.”

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Ulster Unionists