Glasgow council urged to reverse ‘hammer blow’ £4m schooling cuts

Glasgow City Council should reverse deliberate cuts to its schooling division whether it is “severe about closing the attainment hole” and “serving to these in most want”, a union has mentioned.

As a part of a £4m cuts package deal, the council is ending a house school service, by axing 29 help staff, and shutting two evaluation centres for underneath 5s with further wants.

UNISON department officer Sylvia Haughney mentioned: “Closing the attainment hole is extra than simply politics, it’s the accountable supply of justice to essentially the most marginalised in our group.”

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Glasgow Conservatives have described the cuts as “outrageous” and a “hammer blow” to a number of the metropolis’s most susceptible kids.

A council spokeswoman mentioned schooling has the “largest price range” and was “protected in relative phrases compared to different companies” to safeguard studying and educating.

The plans are a part of financial savings authorized by the council’s SNP administration in February. UNISON mentioned the help staff present “a important bridge between the wants of many particular person households and the broader entry to schooling provision”.

The union added evaluation centres are “important within the early identification of kids underneath 5 with further wants”.

Ms Haughney mentioned: “There is no such thing as a higher obligation on schooling companies than to handle the wants of these lacking kids from our colleges. These dwelling faculty help staff are a key path to optimistic locations for individuals who in any other case fall far in need of their potential.

“The pre-5 evaluation centres are essential in getting further help to these kids who require it as shortly as doable.

“If this council cares for serving to these in most want and is severe about closing the attainment hole, it’s crucial to retain the complete energy of those two companies.”

Glasgow Conservative MSP Annie Wells mentioned the financial savings will “have an effect on a few of our most susceptible kids within the metropolis in addition to seeing near 30 folks dropping their jobs throughout a cost-of-living disaster”.

“Residence faculty help staff present a significant hyperlink in guaranteeing pupils who want essentially the most help in attending faculty accomplish that, however that’s now set to be misplaced,” she added.

“And oldsters with children with further help wants from a younger age already discover it extraordinarily tough to know the place to show to for help. The shameful closure of those evaluation centres will solely make that more durable.”

Alongside Glasgow Conservative group chief Cllr Thomas Kerr, she is urging the council to “suppose once more”. Cllr Kerr mentioned the cuts are a “shame”.

A council spokeswoman mentioned: “The council’s price range for 2023/24 had a spending hole of £50m.

“Training has by far the largest price range and was protected in relative phrases compared to different companies with a view to safeguard studying and educating as a lot as doable.

“Our colleges will probably be trying to assessment processes that may reduce any affect to the person wants of our youngsters and younger folks.”


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