Fife education budget to take a £1.49m hit in 2019/20

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Addressing a projected £9.1m shortfall in the coming financial year, Fife Council has voted to increase Council Tax by 3% and make £4.8m in savings, just under £1.5m of which will come from the education budget

The proposed reduction in the education budget follows a £1.3m cut in 2018/19 which resulted in  Madras College losing £266,000 and the introduction of a shortened school week.

The savings will include a reduction in the teacher supply budget, an increase in some primary class sizes and a review of management structures in the secondary sector,

However, the SNP/Labour administration spared music tuition, previously threatened with a cut, pupil support assistant posts, breakfast clubs, support for children and families through the voluntary sector, as well as proposal to cut cleaning services in schools.

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