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Liberal Youth Scotland support NUS Scotland campaign against college cuts

January 30, 2013 10:07 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Liberal Youth Scotland has backed NUS Scotland's Fund Scotland's Liberal Youth ScotlandLiberal Youth ScotlandFuture campaign, which calls upon the Scottish Government to reverse the proposed £34.6m cut to colleges ahead of the budget vote on February 6.

The youth wing of the Liberal Democrats in Scotland has asked its members to contact MSPs through the website www.fundscotlandsfuture.org. So far, over 27288 emails have been sent to Scottish MSPs, calling on them to reverse the proposed cut to colleges.

The campaign has been backed in full by Scottish Liberal Democrats, Scottish Labour, Scottish Greens and the Scottish Conservatives.

The Fund Scotland's Future campaign comes one year after NUS Scotland's successful Our Future, Our Fight campaign, when a total of 80,000 emails were sent to MSPs, and resulted in an additional £40m being put back into the college budget (see note 2).

David Green, President of Liberal Youth Scotland, said:

"We would like the Education Secretary to reconsider these plans. This budget would mean tens of millions of pounds would be cut from college budgets at a time when youth unemployment is so high.

"Protecting college funding mean we can the harness skills young people need when they are looking for work, but this can only be done by safeguarding the quality of courses, teaching and the number of places available.

"The Scottish Government needs to stand up for colleges in these difficult circumstances, not let them down."

Robin Parker, President of NUS Scotland, said:

"We welcome Liberal Youth Scotland's support for our campaign to reverse the proposed cuts to college budgets. By calling for the reversal of these cuts, it is standing with students, lectures and community members throughout Scotland calling for the cuts to be reversed, and for colleges to be protected.

"With unemployment levels so high, the role that colleges play in providing students the opportunities to succeed is more important than ever. Colleges provide people of all ages the chance to develop the skills they need to find work. If we want to protect students during this economic downturn, we must protect colleges.

"With one week remaining before the budget vote (Feb 6), we urge students, lecturers and members of the community in Scotland to help keep college cuts at the front of the agenda by contacting MSPs through the Fund Scotland's Future website."