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Energy cost crisis: A third of schools planning deficit budgets

A third of schools are planning for a deficit budget by the end of next year as a direct result of soaring energy costs.

Research involving more than 1,000 school leaders in England found that they are anticipating an average 106% increase in energy costs over the next 12 months.

One in six of the respondents is predicting an increase of 200% of more in their bills.

The survey was run by the National Association of Head Teachers in March and April and the results published to coincide with the union’s annual conference, which took place in Telford this weekend.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak acknowledged rising energy costs earlier this year when he unveiled a support plan that would see a majority of households get £350 to help with bills.

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