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

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

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 employees to economize, even when it pushed them into the crimson.

Mr Truthful stated that he was writing to varsities “in response to a lot of letters I’ve just lately acquired from some principals and oldsters”.

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

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

Mr Truthful went on to cite steering “which clearly states that deficits (in addition to giant surpluses) have to be prevented”.

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

“I’d be grateful should you might 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 funds state of affairs dealing with them was “untenable”.

Additionally they wrote to oldsters of all pupils in 43 colleges, telling them that they might not make staffing cuts with out “compromising” youngsters’s schooling.

Mr Truthful’s letter, dated 9 Could, is in response to these issues.

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