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NASUWT: Jobs must not be sacrificed for financial mismanagement or under-funding of education

Commenting on reports that Powys Council is to make loans to cover the financial deficit of 12 schools, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest union in Wales and in the UK, said:

"Whilst we welcome in principle these loans being made they will undoubtedly come with strings attached.

"The schools will now have to draw up a plan to reduce the deficit and pay back the loans.

"The NASUWT will be calling for full details to be made available for each school to determine how the deficit was incurred. Questions about whether it was due to financial mismanagement at school level or underfunding by the Welsh Government and Powys Council must be answered.

"It would be wholly unacceptable for staff to lose their jobs and for children and young people to lose their teachers for either of these reasons.

"The NASUWT will continue to fight job loss in schools as it has already done in at least one of the schools named today."

ENDS

Notes to editors
The NASUWT took strike action at Brecon High School, one of the 12 being given a loan, in March 2011 over compulsory redundancies of teaching staff which were the result of the school’s budget deficit.


Lena Davies
Journalist and acting press officer
Campaigns and Communications Team
NASUWT
0121 457 6250 / 07867 392 746
lena.davies@mail.nasuwt.org.uk


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