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Belfast Education Board cuts even greater than first feared

9 March, 2006

Sinn Féin West Belfast Councillor Tom Hartley has said that it now appears that there is a shortfall of some £6.6 million in the Belfast Education Library Board budget after Angela Smith's intervention in relation to £3 million that the board had hoped to be available for services.

Commenting on the allocation of the BELB budget Cllr Hartley, who is chair of the BELB Finance Committee said:

"It now seems that there will be a shortfall of £6.6 million in the funding allocated to the BELB by the Department of Education. This shortfall will create considerable hardship across the education sector in Belfast.

"In particular, the areas of Special Need and Youth Services will seriously affected. I call upon all board members to vote against any proposed cuts.

"The Minister Angela Smith should take immediate action to address the budget under-funding so that the BELB can maintain quality education for the children of Belfast."ENDS

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