(UK) $19M (US dollars) SPED increase; officials forced to cut staff

Aug 22, 2018, BBC: Lollipop men and women removal proposal 'unpalatable' The Education Authority (EA) has considered removing all "lollipop men and women" in an effort to save money. However EA board members regarded that proposal - and other potentially controversial savings measures - as "unpalatable".st The board also decided any decision to make such cuts should be down to the Department of Education (DE). The revelation comes in a letter from the EA to the department seen by BBC News NI. It states that the EA faces an estimated funding gap of £58m in 2018/19…. It outlines the authority's initial budget plans for 2018/19 and highlights a number of "difficult choices" the authority is faced with. These include the removal of school crossing patrols, withdrawing uniform allowances and compulsory redundancies in schools…. The letter suggests that "traffic control measures" like "lollipop ladies and gentlemen" are not the EA's statutory responsibility but that of the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) and the police (PSNI)…. The letter said the EA's projected deficit of £58m was mainly down to "declining schools' financial positions" totalling £27m and increasing costs of almost £15m for Special Education Needs.BBC understands the letter was discussed by EA board members at a meeting in early August. … "The latest information indicates that schools could overspend their allocations by some £30m after £20m of savings and income generation. "Costs can only be reduced by reducing staff numbers….."