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Missed opportunity to save colleges

January 31, 2012 5:09 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Speaking after the publication of the Scottish Government's Spring Budget Revision order, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:

Willie Rennie MSPWillie Rennie MSP"This is another missed opportunity to help save Scotland's colleges.

"The budget revision today shows that the Scottish Government has received £136 million of additional resources from the UK Government in the current year alone.

"The Finance Secretary John Swinney should have been indicating today that he would be reversing his £40m cuts to colleges. There is no excuse to make the cuts now he has the extra money available.

"The Scottish Government needs to change course, reverse the cuts and stand on the side of the students who have sent 63,000 emails in support of the campaign.

"In tough economic times, the Scottish Government needs to support young people and colleges."