Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Clare Adamson has slammed the decision by North Lanarkshire Council to cut classroom assistants across the local authority.   

The Labour Administration announced on 19 May that it would axe all classroom assistants from secondary schools and all but one in each of the primary schools in North Lanarkshire. A total of 198 posts are to be removed. This comes after the U-Turn by the administration on their proposals to cut breakfast clubs after a hard-fought campaign by parents and the local SNP group.

Ms Adamson raised these matters with the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, who is also Cabinet Secretary for Education. Mr Swinney reminded North Lanarkshire Council that they have a legal obligation to provide for the additional support needs of their pupils.

Commenting, Ms Adamson said:

“This decision by the Labour Administration, now propped up by the Tories, must be fought every step of the way.

“This is the first major decision by the Labour administration after they made their deal with the Tories which saw Labour cling on to power after losing the election to the SNP. It really is no surprise that it is pupils in our most deprived schools that are suffering from brutal cuts.”

“I note that the Provost decided to block a motion by the SNP Group which sought to protect these jobs. I look forward to hearing her reasons for doing so.”

Copyright 2015 Clare Adamson MSP