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Schools celebrate major budget boost

Posted on : 23 Jan 2020

Schools celebrate major budget boost

Schools across the Caerphilly county borough have welcomed news that Caerphilly council is proposing to protect school budgets next year (2020/21) and return money that was cut from school budgets in the current financial year (2019/20).

A meeting took place at Penallta House this week where council managers updated Head Teachers about the latest budget situation for 2020/21.

Proposed cuts to school budgets totalling £2.112million now look set to be withdrawn in light of feedback from the council’s recent budget consultation and the positive financial settlement received from Welsh Government. Proposed increases in school meal prices and a reduction in school crossing patrols have also been withdrawn.

In addition to the positive announcement about protecting next year’s budget, the council also revealed that cuts made to school budgets totalling £2.126million in the current financial year (2019/20) will also be reinstated.

Additional financial pressures will also be met by the council including teachers pay, pension contributions, Living Wage costs and other service priorities.

Cllr Philippa Marsden, Leader of Council said, “We were delighted to inform our Head Teachers that they no longer need to shoulder the burden of these additional financial pressures.”

Cllr Barbara Jones, Deputy Leader of Council and Cabinet Member for Education, added, “This announcement means that all school cost pressures for both 2019/20 and 2020/21, totalling £12.961million, are set to be fully funded by the council. I’m sure the whole community will join our Head Teachers in celebrating this significant proposal which demonstrates our commitment to protecting schools and providing all our children with positive learning opportunities,” she added.

The detailed budget proposals for 2020/21 will be considered by the council’s Cabinet in February.

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