West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Doherty welcomes increase to Education budget

Published: 19 January, 2015

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed the announcement from Education Minister John O'Dowd that the Education budget is to be increased.

Mr Doherty said,

"Sinn Féin are committed to protecting and where possible enhancing frontline services in education. I very much welcome this significant uplift to the education budget in the Executive's Final Budget; however I would also like to express my disappointment that the SDLP, UUP and Alliance tried to prevent this from happening by voting against it at the Executive.

"Education minister John O'Dowd has announced that he is allocating an additional £80million over and above that first envisaged in the draft budget to the Aggregated Schools Budget for 2015-16. This funding will help ensure that schools can continue to deliver high quality education and enable them to plan according to their school's needs and priorities. This means there is no reduction to schools' delegated budgets.

"He is also allocating £2.5million to the Pre-School education and £2million to ELB youth services, to restore the reduction made at draft budget stage.

"I commend the thousands of people who took time to respond to the consultation and voiced their concerns and would like to commend John O'Dowd for successfully negotiating an improved final settlement for the Education Budget 15/16."

The Final DE Budget 2015/16 will be confirmed in the next couple of days.