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Council gets tough on school budgets

Created on 17/11/2016 @ 09:24
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Budget plans for some Powys schools will be considered by the county council’s cabinet after concern was raised about deficits.

Several schools were required to produce a finance recovery plan by the cabinet in July to demonstrate how they will meet the requirements of the scheme for financing schools to ensure their budget plans are approved or licensed.

Plans have been received for Churchstoke CP School, Clyro C in W School and Ysgol Dolafon which meet requirements.

However, Ysgol Maesydderwen, Ystradgynlais, Llanidloes High School and Llanrhaeadr-Ym-Mochnant Primary School have submitted plans which show improvements, but do not currently address the projected deficits.

Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Arwel Jones said: “The cabinet is being recommended that the budgets for Ysgol Maesydderwen, Llanidloes High School and Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant should remain unlicensed and that the two high schools must cooperate with an independent review and submit new plans in December.

“Our officers will continue to work with the schools but if necessary the use of powers of intervention will be considered.

“It is pleasing that the number of schools having unlicensed budgets is falling but there are many facing serious financial challenge as a result of falling school rolls and funding reductions.

“Brecon High School and Ysgol Cedewain, have been given until this month to submit new financial plans and are cooperating with an independent review of budget, curriculum planning and identification of efficiencies,” he added.

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