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McGrath: Education cuts unfair on rural communities

SDLP Education Spokesperson and South Down MLA Colin McGrath has criticised Education Chiefs following reports that the Education Authority are considering ending free school transport.
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Financial pressures place schools on the cusp of crisis

Education Minister John O’Dowd’s failure to take action to address spiralling financial pressures on education budgets has left many schools on the cusp of crisis according to SDLP Education Spokesperson Dolores Kelly. Despite the Minister’s claim of a 0.8% reduction to the aggregated schools budget, Mrs Kelly raised the issue of an 8% real terms cut in school budgets over a month ago. The Department of Education has, so far, refused to act.
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McKinney expresses concern at Out Of Hours GP report

SDLP Health Spokesperson Fearghal McKinney has expressed his concern at the findings of a leaked report from the Southern Health Trust into out of hours GP Services.
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