Pounds 2m deficit 'planned'

3rd July 1998 at 01:00
A Pounds 2 million shortfall, revealed in The TES Scotland two weeks ago, is a "planned deficit", Mr Tuck reassured the conference. Financial pressures, which should disappear by 2000, had been known about since April 1997.

The authority had faced high start-up and development costs that stemmed from restructuring, a new IT system, Higher Still and the streamlining of more than 800 SVQs. The SQA's cash reserves would come to the rescue over the next two years, but the authority expects the Scottish Office to step in if the position does not improve.

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