Sunday, 3 July 2016

A Frank Question

On 31st January, Durham County Council will sack all 2700 of its Teaching Assistants. On 1st January, it will rehire them on a 25 per cent pay cut.

Many will leave, through force of economic circumstances.

Most will stop doing much or all of the vast amount that they do over and above that which is contractually required of them, since they will need to take second jobs.

Recruitment will become practically impossible, and that appears to be the intention.

The adverse effects will be felt disproportionately by children with disabilities, and by children from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds, as well as by children with English as an additional language, and by members of other ethnic minorities, socially excluded groups, and so on. 

Since the disabled and GRT people were of course victims of the Holocaust on an enormous scale, how can it remain possible for the Leader of Durham County Council, Councillor Simon Henig, to be listed as a Patron of the Anne Frank Trust?

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