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Leader's Column
19/02/2013
Leader's Column
Reference : PR1126
Category : Press Release

The recent inspection results of the Council’s Schools Dept published this week has confirmed what we have been saying for some time, the education we are offering our children and young people is not good enough and has some very serious failings.

As a Council we had already started to put a plan of action together in order to address these problems many months before the inspection and, I have also met with the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Leighton Andrews to discuss the current situation. We are actively working with Welsh Government in taking matters forward to raise standards and attainment in all our schools and, whilst the Council will ensure it provides the necessary resources are made available to our schools we cannot achieve the desired outcomes alone, we need the full support of our Headteachers and Governing Bodies, parents have the most important part to play during this journey of improvement by helping with their children’s reading and literacy. Children have only one chance at education and by working together we can and will improve the life chances.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Councillor Harvey Jones will be keeping a close watch over all aspects of current developments throughout this process. This month, he will be presenting a report to Council that includes a new structure for the Schools Department, together with the full financial implications for funding the new proposals. An update every three months will be made to all 33 Councillors on the progress being made which is vital as a further measure for suitable checks and balances in moving forward.

It was reported in last week’s Merthyr Express that this year’s Council Tax increase is likely to be 3.2%. In arriving at this figure the Council has been mindful of the need to make savings in the region of £4.2 million (due to cuts to the public sector by the Tory-Lib-Dem Government in Westminster), balanced with the needs of our local community by providing essential services. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all residents who have taken the time to be part of our consultation process and helping us to set the Council Tax for the forthcoming financial year.

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