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BIRMINGHAM INCREASES EDUCATION BUDGET BY£16M

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Birmingham City Council has announced an£457m education budget, an increase of£16m on last year, The Birmingham P...
Birmingham City Council has announced an £457m education budget, an increase of £16m on last year, The Birmingham Post reports (p4).

Cllr Ian McArdle said:

'Birmingham is almost alone in this country in increasing its revenue budget for schools. It means no school will have to consider, as a result of this budget, making teachers or any other staff, redundant.'

Under the proposed budget, £441m will go directly to city schools. But the council will cut back on building repairs, scrap discretionary grants for students under 19 and reduce grants to voluntary organisations.

Meanwhile, hundreds of jobs may be at risk in Warwickshire after the county proposed a £10m savings drive yesterday. The council has been allowed to increase its spending by only 0.5% to £273m.

Wolverhampton MBC is shedding 200 jobs, including 70 teaching posts, in a bid to save £7.2m, according to The Birmingham Post. END

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