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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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SDLP representatives stand with workers

SDLP MPs, MLAs, Councillors and activists stand with workers striking against public sector cuts and the austerity agenda at the heart of the budget.
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McDonnell: Opportunity to defend the vulnerable from Bedroom Tax must be taken

SDLP leader and South Belfast MP Dr Alasdair McDonnell has said that all opportunities to protect the vulnerable against the worst elements of coalition government cuts must be taken.
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