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In brief - stripping state school funding

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2573

School cuts have provoked protests across Britain

School cuts have provoked protests across Britain (Pic: Tom Woodcock)

Over a third of state schools in England are operating with a cash deficit. The figure was revealed in an answer to a parliamentary question on school finances.

Government figures show that over 9,400 schools were in deficit in 2015-16. Nearly 4,000 had been in deficit for two years, and nearly 1,600 for three years.

This means massive pressure for cuts.

The Tories plan further cuts that will see 88 percent of schools lose out.

Children’s care for the chop

Proposals to cut costs in the NHS will target children’s care. The campaign group

38 Degrees obtained the plans under a Freedom of Information request.

They show that South Gloucestershire clinical commissioning group has listed cancer diagnostics and continuing care for children with complex needs for proposed savings.

Food supplies under threat

The world’s food supply is under threat from the sixth mass extinction of global wildlife, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Biodiversity International said that “huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply” are endangered.

Three quarters of the world’s food comes from 12 crops and five animal species. Yet governments refuse to act to tackle climate change and protect the planet.

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Tue 26 Sep 2017, 16:04 BST
Issue No. 2573
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