Vulnerable pupils threatened by funding cuts

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The welfare of vulnerable school pupils is threatened by school funding cuts according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

The government has insisted on a £600 million reduction in the annual education services grant, which is used to fund child protection measures in schools as well as special support for vulnerable pupils. As a result many local authorities will no longer be able to provide such services. Instead schools will have to pay councils to carry them out. Councils will, however, still be legally obliged to provide the various measures.

Services at risk include mental health support in schools, criminal record checks for teachers and staff, school building maintenance and fire safety.

LGA Chair Richard Watts said that as many as five million children could be affected.

“Services that were previously provided to schools by councils will become an extra burden for schools, putting additional pressure on already overstretched budgets.”

The restrictive changes could also place councils at risk of failing to meet their legal obligations he continued.

Photo by Alejandro Mallea via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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