Weekend demo over cash cuts

18th October 1996 at 01:00
Thousands of parents and teachers are expected to march through London tomorrow in protest at Government education funding policies.

Campaign groups will gather for a demonstration in Hyde Park. Schools throughout England and Wales this year faced a Pounds 752 million shortfall and local authorities have demanded an extra Pounds 1 billion for education for next year.

Tomorrow's demonstration, organised by the National Union of Teachers, is designed to influence the Government's November public spending announcement.

The teacher unions are demanding an above-inflation pay rise, but Kenneth Clarke, the Chancellor, said any increase would have to be met by efficiency savings.

Unions predict such a move will lead to more redundancies and even bigger classes. And the NUT said: "Even before the Government's failure to fund the service properly during this financial year, class sizes had risen for the sixth year in succession."

Tomorrow's demonstration, dubbed "A Day Out for Education", is backed by FACE - the Fight Against Cuts in Education - whose own protests have attracted more than 20,000 parents, governors and children.

The march will leave Victoria Embankment at 1 pm. Demonstrators will be addressed by John Monks, TUC general secretary, David Blunkett and Don Foster, the Labour and Liberal Democrat education spokesmen, and Doug McAvoy, NUT general secretary, and parents and governors.

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