21 February 2019

The Scottish budget will lead to devastating education cuts around the country, Richard Leonard revealed today.

The SNP and Greens are set to pass a budget today that cuts £230 million in council funding. With councils across the country setting their budgets today, local schools have been hammered.

In Dundee, there are proposals to cut 26 teachers from primary schools, as well as, cutting 13 FTE Primary and Early Years Assistants, 6 Education Resource Workers, reduction of 8 Pupil Support Workers.

In Clackmannanshire, class sizes will be increase while the school week will be cut by two and a half hours per week.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

“This week school pupils across Argyll and Bute took to the streets to protest against cuts to local youth services.

“They understand the impact that £230 million worth of cuts to Scotland’s councils will mean.

“Nicola Sturgeon came into office promising to cut class sizes.

"Twelve years on too many children will be in bigger classes because of her budget and they will be spending less time being taught in those classes because of her budget.

“This budget will slash what is supposed to be Nicola Sturgeon’s top priority of education in communities across Scotland.”

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