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COUNCIL RENEW CALL FOR INCREASED MCCRONE FUNDING
The Highland Council has renewed its call on the Scottish Executive for an additional £6.6 million over the next three years to fully fund the McCrone Agreement on teachers’ pay and conditions.
Councillors expressed their concern at reports that East Lothian Council could afford to transfer up to half of their McCrone settlement to Social Work.
This, they argued, confirmed their views that some Councils, like Highland and Argyll and Bute, are under-funded, and others, like East Lothian, over-funded.
Convener David Green said the McCrone Agreement in Highland did not reflect the number of small schools in Highland, nor the number of Gaelic teachers.
He said: "In Highland, we already target Education for additional funding. We, in fact, spend £6m over our notional GAE figure. We have been short changed to the tune of £6.6m over the first three years of the McCrone implementation period and we simply cannot identify any further resources for Education.
"The Scottish Executive and CoSLA really must now acknowledge that there is a funding distribution problem and resolve matters. McCrone was a landmark agreement for Scottish Education and has huge implications for all of us and until we get some fairness and parity across Scotland, situations such as East Lothian will continue to appear."