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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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Kelly: Tory Budget aims axe at working people

SDLP Deputy Leader Dolores Kelly has said that the Tory Budget unveiled by George Osborne is the first shot in a class war waged by the Conservatives that will deepen poverty and hurt low income families.
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Attwood: Priority must be making a better society for our children

SDLP West Belfast MLA Alex Attwood describes his motivations to build a fairer society with a fair budget.
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Treasury secrecy around Block Grant must come to an end - Bradley

Vice Chair of the Assembly Finance Committee and SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley has called for the British Government to end the culture of secrecy surrounding allocations to the devolved nations and allow each administration to full scrutinise Barnett calculations.
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Ramsey: Budget suppresses hope for young people

SDLP Employment and learning spokesperson Pat Ramsey MLA has said that the proposed Executive budget will suppress hope and squander opportunity for young people.
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