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Faculties have been informed that they “should” keep away from planning to enter price range deficits.

The warning is available in a letter from the finance director on the Division of Schooling (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 employees to economize, even when it pushed them into the purple.

Mr Honest stated that he was writing to colleges “in response to a variety of letters I’ve not too long ago 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 acknowledged that they are going to be planning for deficit price range positions over the following three years.”

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

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

“I might be grateful for those who may share the content material of this letter with mother and father.”

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

In addition they wrote to oldsters of all pupils in 43 colleges, telling them that they may not make staffing cuts with out “compromising” kids’s schooling.

Mr Honest’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 selections” in 2017/18.