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DUP accused of failing to protect schools services

21 October, 2005

Sinn Féin's Education spokesperson Michael Ferguson has said that the decision by the DUP to defer the Motion to reinstate the School Transport for thousand of children in rural areas for two weeks is unacceptable.

The DUP are seeking the deferment to allow the Board Accountant to bring forward proposals to cut other services, which is equally unacceptable.

Commenting on the Proposal Michael Ferguson,

"The DUP have deferred the Motion to reinstate the School Bus Service rather that support a Cross Community lobby which is not only opposed to cuts to the Bus Service but to all cuts.

"The DUP decision is immoral and could result in cuts to other school services. Sinn Fein has made its position clear and like those campaigning for a return of the School Bus Service will not police a bad budget.

"All political parties should join with us not only in opposing any further cuts but demand the British Government provide a real budget to support Education and Learning.

"If we are to manage change then there must be flexibility in spending. Quite often, as with other boards, this has resulted in additional spend.

"I am calling upon the DUP to join us in a new Assembly and take responsibility for the budget with us so that locally accountable Ministers can deliver the educational entitlement our children deserve." ENDS

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