DACC Writes to Scottish Government Raising Concerns Over College Funding Announcement


18th October 2011

Alan Mitchell has written to John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance & Sustainable Growth, regarding the cuts announced to funding for FE colleges.

I hope that this note finds you well.


I am very concerned that the cuts you have announced to funding for FE colleges risks doing damage to the economic prospects for Dundee and Angus.  Colleges play a vital part in creating the skilled workforce that the economy needs.  They will play an especially critical role in producing the skills we need to give Scotland a global leadership role in renewable energy and to keep us at the forefront of this growing industry.


I can see no obvious justification for subjecting colleges to such severe cuts when they have never been so important in getting the economy growing.  The cuts that colleges will have to bear appear disproportionately large relative to other parts of the public sector and they seem to entirely contradict the Scottish Government's public announcements that growing the economy sustainably is its

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