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Spanish schoolchildren to be rationed toilet paper in new austerity drive

Cuts to education budgets mean that schools in the north east of the country are having to be more frugal.

STUDENTS AT SCHOOLS in Spain have been told to limit their use of toilet paper as part of recent cuts imposed by the country’s education ministry.

According to UPI, schools in the northeastern Catalonia region have been ordered to curb “excessive consumption” of toilet paper amid widespread cuts to education and other budgets in the eurozone nation beset by high unemployment and concerns over its deficit.

The quota of toilet paper each student can use a maximum of 25 metres per child per month, the Telegraph reports, as part of stringent austerity cuts.

The paper also reports that students and teachers have regularly taken to the streets to vent their anger over cuts to education which have been mirrored in other areas such as health.

Last month, Spain’s centre-right Popular Party won a landslide victory in the general election ousting the embattled Socialist Party. It is likely that the new government will impose more austerity measures when it takes office later this month.

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