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Sinn Féin challenge British government cuts to education budget

1 September, 2005

Sinn Fein's Education Spokesperson Michael Ferguson launched a day of Campaign Activities as part of a Campaign challenging the British Government's cuts to the Education budget, which may amount to £170 million over a three-year period.

Commenting upon the Day of Activities Michael Ferguson said,

"It is crucial that we challenge the British Government's erosion of our Education system. Cuts to School Transport, disruption of Special needs provision, poor school dinners, no school maintenance programmes and the loss of teaching and non-teaching staff are attacks on the very foundation of our system of education.

There is a deepening sense of shock across civic society at what is happening and growing concern about the impact these cuts are having on the life chances of our children.

It is incumbent upon us all irrespective of our politics, race, colour or religion to overturn this appalling policy decision upon which these cuts are based and secure a real budget to support education and learning." ENDS


  • Petition outside local schools & distribution of 'Real Budget' stickers 8.45am (September 1st St Kieran's Poleglass, St Marks & St Luke's Twinbrook. Christ the Redeemer Lagmore)
  • Protest against Education Budget Cuts 10.30am Stormont Assembly Steps: Letter of protest and Sample Survey of budget cuts impact on schools in West Belfast presented to Minister's Castle Buildings‚ Office.
  • SF Mayors and Education Spokesperson to meet Children's Commissioner 12.30pm Millennium House Belfast Great Victoria Street, on adverse impact of budget cuts.
  • Local Protest at Poleglass Roundabout Stewartstown Rd 3.30pm (and other places)

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