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Critics blast BBC for airing school head's claim she had to clean toilets due to austerity - even though she'd had £10,000 pay rise and cleaning budget had soared by 90 per cent

The BBC has been blasted by critics for airing a headteacher's claim that she was forced to clean toilets due to austerity - when she was given a £10,000 pay rise and the cleaning budget rose by 90 per cent.
Siobhan Lowe, from Tolworth Girls' School in south London, told the Today programme she had to take up the extra work after her school saw funding cuts from the government.
The headteacher said on March 8: 'I personally have cleaned the school, washed the toilets, served in the school canteen.'   
Siobhan Lowe said on the Today programme (pictured): 'I personally have cleaned the school, washed the toilets, served in the school canteen'
Siobhan Lowe said on the Today programme (pictured): 'I personally have cleaned the school, washed the toilets, served in the school canteen'

But it was not reported that Ms Lowe's salary rose to around £130,000 and the cleaning budget for the school doubled from £30,000 to £57,000 last year. 
Critics were outraged to find out the details had not been aired, with Tory MP Nigel Evans accusing the BBC of not presenting the full truth.
'It does seem as if the BBC are being spoonfed selective information and not presenting the full truth,' he told The Sun.
He added: 'It is damaging the reputation and influence of the BBC when they become a propaganda tool of any particular stance.
The headteacher at Tolworth Girls' School in Surbiton, south London (pictured), did not disclose that she had seen a £10,000 wage increase and the cleaning budget had almost doubled
The headteacher at Tolworth Girls' School in Surbiton, south London (pictured), did not disclose that she had seen a £10,000 wage increase and the cleaning budget had almost doubled
'They really need now to have an investigation into how this happened.'    
Another Government source claimed to the newspaper teachers were 'spouting Corbynista rubbish' by overstating the cuts they had faced.
A BBC spokesman said: 'Siobhan Lowe was interviewed as part of a wider news story about 7,000 head teachers across England writing to parents to warn schools are facing a funding crisis.
'In the interview Siobhan asserted she had cleaned the school toilets herself. 
'She was questioned on this and pressed a number of times on whether there really is a cash shortage, which she strongly argued there is.
'We are confident this interview complies with our editorial guidelines.'

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