Hole in spending

8th October 1999 at 01:00
THE Scottish Executive has yet to confirm whether it will deliver the extra pound;30 million for 500 new teaching posts and pound;21 million for extra books and equipment, promised in Labour's coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats.

Jack McConnell, the Finance Minister, this week repeated the coalition's plans to spend an extra pound;51 million on schools between now and 2002.

But only pound;11 million was specified to develop broadband technology to link schools to the National Grid for Learning.

The pledges for lifelong learning were, however, fully confirmed - a doubling in loan funding for part-time students on low incomes to pound;6 million, pound;9 million for the East Ayrshire pilot to persuade more young people to stay on at school and pound;14 million for an increased access fund to alleviate student hardship.

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