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HIGHLAND COUNCIL ACCUSED OF 'SECOND-RATE SPIN DOCTORING'

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Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Charles Kennedy has accused the Highland Council of 'second rate spin doctoring' over ...
Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Charles Kennedy has accused the Highland Council of 'second rate spin doctoring' over the authority's justifications for closing ten schools in the region, reported The Scotsman (18 April, p8).

The council's education chair Val MacIver said last week that money derived from closing school buildings could be used for priority areas such as children with learning difficulties, books and other materials, improving teacher-pupil ratios and developing Gaelic education.

But Mr Kennedy said the money is part of an extra£15m announced for schools by the education minister Brian Wilson. 'The extra£500,000 derives from that post-budget decision and has nothing to do with the council's current education rationalisation programme,' he said.

But the council convener, Peter Peacock, hit back, insisting the£500,000 is additional to the government's allocation.
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