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College places situation is critical

November 10, 2011 5:56 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has urged the First Minister to make the right choice and use the £67 million additional funding his Government has been given to plug the £40 Million cut to Scotland's colleges.

Willie Rennie MSPWillie Rennie MSPMr Rennie challenged the First Minister, during First Minister's Questions, on whether he had made any progress on the issue after raising it with him last month.

However, Scotland's colleges are still waiting after the First Minister dithered and delayed over the decision again today.

Mr Rennie has urged the First Minister to realise how urgent this situation is, with many colleges predicting that they will have to cut courses, staff and student numbers if the decision is not reversed.

Commenting afterwards, Mr Rennie said:

"Scotland's colleges do a great work helping people to get on in the world, but they are facing real difficulties.

"Choices made by this Scottish Government could mean that colleges lose £40million in funding. Principals have expressed real concern that if this goes ahead they will not be able to guarantee quality or student numbers.

"The First Minister refused to give a clear answer.

"Students will not understand why the First Minister did not use this opportunity to take a positive step today for Scotland and announce that he will use the extra money to protect colleges.

"The First Minister needs to realise that this situation is urgent."