Betty McLaughlin: Do we really want to leave young people further at risk?
AS A RESULT of the cuts to education last year, an independent study carried out for the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) shows that there has been a 51pc reduction in the time available for one-to-one student counselling in schools and colleges of further education.
Overall, there has been a 21pc reduction in the time allocated to guidance and counselling services generally.
In some cases the one-to-one personal support has been discontinued and guidance counsellors have been allocated subject teaching hours instead. This has given rise to great inequality.