Spanish students to limit toilet paper use

Dec. 6, 2011 at 8:27 PM

CATALONIA, Spain, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Students must limit their use of toilet paper at schools in Spain as part of recent austerity cuts enacted by the country's ministry of education.

The northeast Catalonia region of the country was ordered to rein in its "excessive consumption" of toilet paper, limiting students to about 82 feet each month, The Daily Telegraph of London reported Tuesday.

The move comes amid widespread cuts to education budgets across the country -- Spanish teachers have held regular protests in the streets, the newspaper reported.

The Spanish government has forced reduction in spending in the health sector as well, in an effort to meet the country's budget deficit reduction goals. More austerity cuts are expected when the conservative Popular Party takes power Dec. 22 after winning an absolutely majority against the Socialists in a Nov. 20 election.

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