Budget latest: How councils plan to make ends meet

25th February 2011 at 00:00

Swimming to be sunk - Stirling

Stirling Council's total savings of pound;2.9 million include pound;80,000 from its joint education service agreement with Clackmannanshire; pound;1m from cuts to secondary budgets; and pound;433,000 to support structures. A further pound;104,000 comes from cutting its primary swimming lessons, while axing the visiting specialist teachers service - art, PE and music - will yield pound;329,000. Moving 15 secondary Gaelic medium education pupils to North Lanarkshire will save pound;30,000; early years and out of school provision lose more than pound;800,000.

Management shake-up - Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Council has set its education budget at pound;155m for 2011-12 and has agreed savings of pound;934,185. Of these, pound;650,000 will be made by revising management structures in schools. Significant cuts will be made to classroom assistant provision, corporate business support services, and the funding for the Determined to Succeed programme for enterprise education.

Bigger class sizes agreed - South lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire's budget for primary, secondary and special schools for 2011-12 will be pound;250m. The council has agreed savings totalling pound;6m, most of which will come from a continuation of savings implemented in 2010-11, increased class sizes in English and maths in S1-2, the schools facilities management budget and clothing grants. Cuts will also affect external school placements and the provision of school transport.

Extra teachers axed - Moray

Moray has cut its education budget by pound;1.5m to pound;75m. By reducing devolved schools budgets it saves pound;655,000. Funding for S1-2 English and maths additional teachers will be removed, together with one quality improvement officer post, 1.2 full-time equivalent curriculum development officers and a secretary. A primary school is also being closed to save pound;100,000.

pound;250k primary staff cuts - South Ayrshire

The education budget in South Ayrshire has been set at pound;75.5m - 28.6 per cent of the total council budget. No cuts have been made to the devolved schools budget, but the funds for primary school staffing have been cut by pound;250,000. A further pound;250,000 is to be saved through primary school rationalisation, subject to approval. By moving timetabling to 33 periods per week, a further saving of pound;250,000 is to be achieved. The budget for classroom support has been cut by pound;150,000.

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