We are in control of our budget – Education president

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EDUCATION is ‘in control of its budget’, its president, Paul Le Pelley, has argued in the wake of an overspend and request for even more money next year.

Education, Sport & Culture president Deputy Paul Le Pelley. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 19568695)

Deputy Le Pelley was speaking after the release of the 2018 Budget, which detailed his committee’s request for £77.8m. for 2018, nearly £4m. more than Policy & Resources believes it needs.

If its wishes are granted, its 2018 budget would be £3m. more than its 2017 figure.

The committee said last month that it had been facing challenges in aiming to realise its 3% savings target for 2017 – just over £2m.

Deputy Le Pelley said the committee hoped savings would be achieved by the transformation of post-16 education, but warned that any further delay might affect that.

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