Pupils are paying the price for Tory-DUP austerity cuts to school budgets, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Karen Mullan has said.
The Foyle MLA was speaking ahead of the latest in a series of public meetings organised by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) union to discuss the schools budget crisis.
“Sinn Féin recognise that schools are experiencing significant financial pressures as a direct result of Tory-DUP austerity,” she commented.
“The root cause of the difficulties in our public services is the £1 billion in cuts to our block grant imposed by the Tories since 2010. Just this week we learned that any new Executive will face further shortfalls of up to £1 billion a year if this austerity does not end.
“It is children in our schools and the most vulnerable in our health service who are paying the price for this Tory austerity, now supported by the DUP.
“No party should be supporting the Tory approach. We should all be opposing these cuts and Sinn Féin will continue to do so.
“We ensured that Education had access to additional funding in July and successfully overturned the proposed cut to the uniform grant which would have pushed children into poverty.
“We also helped secure the protection of the Sure Start and Youth Service budgets and will continue to demand an end to the Tory-DUP attack on frontline services.”