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PUPILS FACE WEEKS OF DISRUPTION AS 500 SCOTS SCHOOLS SHUT

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Almost 500 schools in Scotland stayed closed yesterday in the aftermath of water damage caused by the freeze and th...
Almost 500 schools in Scotland stayed closed yesterday in the aftermath of water damage caused by the freeze and thaw, The Scotsman reports (p3).

In Strathclyde RC in particular some schools have been so badly damaged that they will remain either fully or partly closed for weeks, with staff and pupils being transferred to other schools.

Labour's spokeswoman on Scottish education, Helen Liddell blamed the scale of the damage on years of government cuts leading to reductions in maintenance.

The paper reports that a Scottish Office spokeswoman said it was up to local authorities to decide what to spend their money on. She said the Bellwin scheme, operated by the government to deal with meeting emergency costs borne by local government, could be triggered if councils have spent above their allocations.
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