Union chief condemns funding cuts

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THE president of the Educational Institute of Scotland has condemned the cuts to funding for further education in the Scottish Budget.

Susan Quinn underlined that funding reductions for Scotland’s FE colleges will amount to a cut of almost £25 million this year.

She said: “Having had time to look at the detail of the Scottish Budget, it is clear that the suggestion this is a positive budget for further education is simply not credible. While it is welcome that – in response to strong campaigning by the EIS and student bodies – an additional £10m was found to reduce the scale of the cuts, the reality is that Scotland’s colleges are still left with an overall budget reduction of £24.6m for the year 2013-14.

“A funding cut on this scale, following on from several years of real-terms funding reductions, will have serious and damaging consequences for FE colleges and for education provision across Scotland.”

She added: “If we are to tackle the problem of record and growing youth unemployment, we simply must have a well-funded FE sector to provide the vital education and training that Scotland needs.”