Council budgets - Tough financial times not over, officials warn

19th February 2010 at 00:00
It was a case of giving with one hand but wielding the axe with the other as education authorities struggled against budget cuts, TESS survey finds

The annual TESS survey of council education budgets finds some growth in spending - but not a lot.

The full EIS report can be downloaded on the right-hand side

"Not an expansionist budget - but a prudent one" was how East Renfrewshire council leader Jim Fletcher summed up his authority's sums for the 2010-11 financial year - and that about sums it up for Scotland as a whole.

If it were not for the extra cash which councils have been freed to throw at reducing class sizes for P1-3 pupils, more teaching jobs would have disappeared:

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