Scotland - Cuts spark funding probe

20th November 2009 at 00:00

MSPs are to hold an inquiry into education funding as teachers brace themselves for cuts. In the past week, councils have announced plans to cut staffing, close schools, and end free bread and milk. East Lothian plans to place schools in educational trusts to access funding and exempt them from rates. Parent councils claim they are having to fund basic necessities.

The convener of the Parliament's education committee said the introduction of the concordat, which led to the removal of ring-fenced budgets, had made effective scrutiny "impossible".

"It was never easy to see how previous governments spent that money," said Labour MSP Karen Whitefield. "But now, because it's rolled up in the concordat in one settlement, it's even more difficult.

"My fear is that the overall grant to each council disguises substantial cuts in funding in education and children's services." eb.

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