Cash fears as schools on brink’

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Keir Mudie

CASH-STARVED schools have hit “break­ing point” ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures un­earthed by the Lib Dems.

In­fla­tion, ris­ing salaries and pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions are drain­ing fi­nances.

And there will be an eight per cent in­crease in costs by 2020.

Lib Dem ed­u­ca­tion spokesman John Pugh wants Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May to aban­don plans for gram­mar schools and put more money into com­pre­hen­sive schools.

He said: “It is a dis­grace that while schools face a se­vere fund­ing cri­sis, £240mil­lion is be­ing spent on ex­pand­ing gram­mars.

“In­stead of giv­ing ev­ery child a chance in life, it is slash­ing bud­gets and push­ing through plans that will stretch our schools and teach­ers to break­ing point.”

When asked about fund­ing fore­casts, Par­lia­men­tary Un­der Sec­re­tary for Schools Lord Nash said: “Schools, as with other pub­lic ser­vices, are fac­ing cost pres­sures.

“These in­clude salary rises, in­creases to Na­tional In­sur­ance and Teach­ers’ Pen­sion Scheme con­tri­bu­tions and in­fla­tion.” TWO thirds of Brits ad­mit send­ing naughty texts to the wrong per­son – of­ten their boss or par­ents – says phone firm En­vi­ro­fone.

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