Shock at new cuts for VEC schools

Martin Fallon, Chief Executive of Leitrim VEC, said he was “shocked” to get notification of a cut to funding for the general running of vocational schools in the county.

Martin Fallon, Chief Executive of Leitrim VEC, said he was “shocked” to get notification of a cut to funding for the general running of vocational schools in the county.

Leitrim VEC could see up to 30% cut from their non pay grant which is used for the essential running of schools including utility, heating, school books and maintenance.

In a letter from the Department of Education this month, the VEC were told they may have to use “other balances” to pay for the running of their schools. Mr Fallon said he was “awaiting clarification” on the information.

Cllr Mary Bohan queried where this other money was to come from, she said it was a “very serious issue.”

She said the department may even look into the VEC’s bank account at funds committed to plans but not yet spent.

Looking at their figures, Mr Fallon projected they could be cut by at least 29- 30%. The non pay grant has almost been cut by €100,000 each year from 2009.

Teacher representative Sean Wynne said the VEC need to ask why other sectors in the public domain are not getting the same treatment.