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EDUCATION FUNDING FACES£125 MILLION CHOP

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Education spending is likely to be cut by£125m this year, according to a report, described as exclusive, in the Da...
Education spending is likely to be cut by £125m this year, according to a report, described as exclusive, in the Daily Mirror (p2).

The paper reports that a briefing document being sent out by Local Schools Information for next week's start of term details the cuts and makes it clear the crisis would have been much worse for schools if councils had not plundered their own reserves to offset the cuts.

The paper reports that councils took £638m from other services to try to ease the blow of underfunding on schools.

Labour education spokesman David Blunkett told the paper: 'It gives the lie to John Major's claim to care about education. When he had the chance to do something about it he failed to fund the teachers' pay award this year. That left schools facing increased class sizes and teacher redundancies.'
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