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Colleges have been advised that they “should” keep away from planning to enter finances deficits.

The warning is available in a letter from the finance director on the Division of Training (DE), Gary Honest.

It’s in response to a transfer from greater than 40 head teachers in greater Belfast who said they would refuse to implement more cuts to their budgets.

They stated they’d not take measures like shedding workers to economize, even when it pushed them into the crimson.

Mr Honest stated that he was writing to colleges “in response to quite a lot of letters I’ve just lately obtained from some principals and fogeys”.

“Whereas I respect that almost all of faculties will proceed to train budgetary discretion and agency monetary administration, some principals have indicated that, even in doing so, they could be pressured into deficit positions,” he wrote.

“What’s of extra concern is that some have additionally acknowledged that they are going to be planning for deficit finances positions over the subsequent three years.”

Mr Honest went on to cite steering “which clearly states that deficits (in addition to massive surpluses) should be averted”.

“No faculty could plan for a deficit with out the consent of the Training Authority,” he continued.

“I’d be grateful in the event you may share the content material of this letter with dad and mom.”

In April, the pinnacle lecturers wrote to the DE, the Training Authority and the secretary of state stating that the finances state of affairs going through them was “untenable”.

Additionally they wrote to folks of all pupils in 43 colleges, telling them that they may not make staffing cuts with out “compromising” kids’s training.

Mr Honest’s letter, dated 9 Could, is in response to these considerations.

He had previously written to schools warning them that they would want to make “troublesome choices” in 2017/18.