BELB accepts new buget cuts

The Belfast Education and Library Board held out against the new budget, and the £6.6million in cuts it contained, for longer than the South Eastern Education and Library Board, but, following a reported ultimatum from NIO Minister Angela Smith, the elected representatives, who all voted against the budget, were today out-numbered by the appointed members by one vote... of course, if they hadn’t been consistently over-spending in previous years those cuts wouldn’t now be imposed. Which may raise the question of whether those Boards were relying on a locally elected Minister, from whatever party, lacking the political will to confront them on such over-spends? Update NEELB yesterday agreed to cuts of £3.9million